ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Democratic-backed independent group spent $5.7 million on the race for Minnesota governor last year, mainly on TV ads attacking Republican Tom Emmer.

Campaign regulators posted year-end financial reports Tuesday from political funds including the Alliance for a Better Minnesota.

Democrat Mark Dayton beat Emmer after a recount in a race largely shaped by spending by outside groups.

Alliance for a Better Minnesota reported raising almost $6 million from two affiliated political funds backed by wealthy donors, unions and the Democratic Governors Association.

Two independent groups spent against Dayton on Emmer’s behalf.

Minnesota’s Future sank $1.4 million into the race, mostly for ads against Dayton and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner.

MN Forward spent almost $1.8 million. The group got money from businesses including Target Corp. and Best Buy Co.

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Comments (5)
  1. Joe Hanson says:

    A big thanks to “Alliance for a Better Minnesota”. By concentrating on installing Dayton in the Governor’s office, the Republicans were able to take control of the Legislature.

    BTW – where are all the liberals whining about BIG MONEY in politics buying elections?

  2. Rob says:

    I maintain that Gov. Dayton bought the governorship. Henceforth, I do not acknowledge him as my governor, I see him as Mr. Monopoly man who sees us as his car, thimble, dog, and so forth.

  3. Kevin says:

    See Virginia….money can buy elections….

  4. Ignorance must be bliss says:

    HAHAHAHAHA and this did not happen with Bachman? What short term memories you must have.

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