Gun control group Everytown spending big on Minnesota Senate

    State Sen. Warren Limmer, GOP chair of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee, faces a tough reelection battle.

    Everytown Action Fund, the gun control group, is spending an eye-popping $1 million in late money on direct mail and digital ads, to flip the Minnesota Senate. The centerpiece of the program is a direct mail piece written by Rolf Olson, a Savage, Minn., pastor whose daughter was murdered when she answered a Craigslist ad looking for a babysitter. The killer used his father’s handgun. Here’s the letter that’s going into battleground districts including that of gun control opponent state Sen. Warren Limmer

    As an American, I knew gun violence existed. But I never thought that it would touch my family. Most people don’t, until it’s too late. 

    I asked Bryan Strawser of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus what he thinks of this effort and how they’re countering it and will report back what I hear. 

    A bit more from a July Times story on Everytown:

    Everytown remains largely backed by (Michael) Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York, but it has an increasing number of outside contributors, including Connie Ballmer, the wife of the former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. Ms. Ballmer gave $7 million in April.

    J. Patrick Coolican
    J. Patrick Coolican is Editor-in-Chief of Minnesota Reformer. Previously, he was a Capitol reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for five years, after a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan and time at the Las Vegas Sun, Seattle Times and a few other stops along the way. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and toddler son.