Wealthy donors pour millions into state causes

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ and GLENN HOWATT , Star Tribune s t aff w r iters
  • Updated: October 16, 2008 - 9:27 PM

THE BILLION-DOLLAR CAMPAIGN: Minnesota's biggest political givers have concerns about money in politics, but donate anyway.

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hockeyfoxOct. 16, 08 9:55 PM

But you would think he could spend his money by hiring a better GM than giving away to politicians.

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pfbramOct. 16, 0810:46 PM

I can see why the Target bigwigs like the Rethugs so much. Paulson -- the Treasury equivalent of a Rumsfeld -- may be a hero to them. After Nixon played the China card, and Paulson subsequently visited China 70+ times while at Goldman Sachs, he must have been instrumental as an east-west "fixer" for the Big Boxes that mainly sell Chinese goods. Offshore, offshore, offshore!

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jchilman12Oct. 16, 0811:19 PM

Thinks people should earn their money instead of being told that since he earned his it's time for him to give it to those who didn't work for it. What a fool. Doesn't he know he should only make money for those who would rather be paid union dues for not working? P.S. I agree, fire Kevin McHale

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HoneyDogOct. 17, 08 4:47 AM

That Lehman Brothers heir, Peter Buttenweiser likes Demoncrats so much. After all, both Lehman Brothers and the Democrats are bankrupt.

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comment229Oct. 17, 08 5:39 AM

Forget the partisan bickering.... is there ANY doubt in your minds that we need campaign reform in Minnesota as well as the entire nation, to stop this obscene spending of money on political attack ads that, frankly, people in MN just hate? Stop and think for a moment what we could do with that money......

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o4ktr33Oct. 17, 08 7:41 AM

How has any of this been practically affected by the McCain "Campaign Finance Reform"? Or was that just a toothless PR move on his way to the White House (knock wood)? Looks like the Congress is still up for sale.

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Raven212430Oct. 17, 08 8:20 AM

of the system. This is crazy. Too much money going towards getting people elected. Reform it.

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polarOct. 17, 08 9:26 AM

Wow it seems a lot of big outstate money goes to the Dems. Just going over the top 15 or so, minus the folks funding their own campaigns. Now we know who's bought and paid for!!

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hcmn76Oct. 17, 08 9:46 AM

For once I'm a member of the party with more money. After decades of being outspent by the Republicans, Democrats suddenly have money to fight on a level playing field. Bet you're expecting me now to defend this system? No! Our public servants should not consist of those who have the biggest fund raising prowess. Campaigns should be 100% publicly funded. Let the "little feller" represent him or herself! Let a devoted public servant who despises fund raising to his or her job - which is legislating and governing! Instead of spending most of their time in office raising funds to keep that office. No wonder nothing gets done in Washington!!!

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bgates1970_1Oct. 17, 0810:08 AM

Liberals criticizing companies and CEO's for giving money to the GOP. I have a name for you... Mike Ciresi! Taking the tobacco settlement and giving it to one guy. I thought it was going toward healthcare costs associated to smoking? Well at least we'll have Obama-Care soon so it'll all be free anyway. LOL! Taxation is stealing with an iron fist!

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