campaign finance

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Here’s the democracy agenda the Legislature needs to take up | Opinion

BY: - February 18, 2021

Minnesota has an enviable, squeaky clean political elections system, right? Not quite. What we do have is the highest voter participation in the nation. But we have not ensured truly democratic elections in our state.  Minnesota, in fact, lags behind other progressive states — like Maine, Arizona, Washington, and California — in election reform. Let’s […]

The real winner in the 5th Congressional District? D.C. political consultants

BY: - December 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Journalists and campaign finance experts this month questioned how Lacy Johnson — the Republican who raised a record-shattering $12.1 million for his longshot campaign against U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar — could have spent one-third of that total on credit card fees. Turns out he didn’t. Johnson and his campaign manager acknowledged in separate […]

Blizzard of money sweeping into Minnesota legislative races

BY: - October 27, 2020

Final campaign finance reports before Tuesday’s election show several million-dollar legislative races underway, with wealthy Minnesotans, business groups, labor unions, and out-of-state political and single issue groups footing the bills. And when the legislative session begins Jan. 5, Minnesotans should have no illusions: These interest groups and wealthy individuals will almost certainly enjoy greater access […]

Watchdog Files Complaint Against Hagedorn Over Campaign Office

BY: - October 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — A Democratic aligned campaign finance watchdog group filed a complaint against Rep. Jim Hagedorn with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, accusing the first-term Republican of getting free or below-market-value office rent and lying to cover it up. The complaint from End Citizens United, which asked the FEC to investigate and sanction the […]

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Daily Reformer: Campaign finance reports: top fundraisers and big spenders

BY: - February 5, 2020

Good morning. Headline in local media outlet last night: Amy Klobuchar gets a boost from likely fifth place finish in Iowa Nope, that’s not a thing.  (Good on whoever changed it.) Today on the Reformer:  Max Nesterak on a couple Dems’ plans to give everyone who needs one a rental voucher, with an assist from […]

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Rep. Dean Phillips: Clean up our campaign finance system

BY: - January 21, 2020

Editor’s note: Tuesday is the 10th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.  When I speak to groups visiting Washington, D.C. or to my constituents back home as I travel around my west metro district, I often start by telling them something that most find surprising: I love my job. This usually […]