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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Who should own your next senator?

Posted by: Hammer / 12:05 PM

This is almost two weeks old, but it's still worth noting who's got their claws in Minnesota's senatorial candidates:
Democratic Senate candidates Patty Wetterling and Amy Klobuchar have raised all of their money from individual contributions so far, while Republican candidate Mark Kennedy raised about $100,000 of his from political action committees, campaign finance reports show.

The three candidates are off to a quick fund-raising pace, especially for a non-election year. As of March 31, Klobuchar had raised $592,000, Kennedy $560,000 and Wetterling $330,000.

Kennedy, currently a U.S. House member, has already received the maximum allowable contribution from one political action committee and several individuals, with the election still 18 months away.

The Associated Builders and Contractors PAC maxed out with $10,000. Several other PACs are at least halfway there: The Northstar Leadership PAC, run by Sen. Norm Coleman, gave Kennedy $5,000, as did the National Auto Dealers Association's PAC. The PAC for Minnesota-based Target Corp. gave Kennedy $7,500.

Kennedy has benefited from generous support from another Minnesota company, Cargill. A half-dozen Cargill executives and managers combined to give Kennedy more than $13,000, an analysis by The Associated Press found...

Klobuchar, the Hennepin County attorney, was helped by lawyers of her former firm, Dorsey & Whitney. Nearly two-dozen lawyers combined to contribute about $17,000 to her campaign, the AP analysis found...

Among the notable contributors to Wetterling was Dinah Dale, a former fundraiser for Mark Dayton and for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn. Wetterling, a children's advocate, also received contributions from more than a dozen health care providers.

Sad that we're up to $1.5 million with the election 18 months away. I don't know if elections were ever decided on ideas, but I sure do love that naive, quaint notion.


Boy, I bet you could run a real good house race for $330,000.

By Blogger Jambo, at 2:29 PM  

Most could. I'm not so confident about Wetterling.

By Blogger Hammer, at 2:51 PM  

Why not, Hammer? The city folk will vote for anyone other than Kennedy, and I think she will be more appealing to the out-staters than a city-slicker like Klobuchar.

By Anonymous sunshine, at 4:26 PM  

I've gotten a solicitation or two from Wetterling. She doesn't seem to have any positions or ideas. She's Patty Wetterling -- a popular victim of unspeakable tragedy. Her mailing highlights her popularity -- among Dems, indpendents, and Republicans. Being liked might get you to the Senate, but it's not a good reason to go.
I will say this -- Wetterling would clearly be the opposite of Smilin' Norm, which has to be a good thing. Wetterling would get to the Senate because she endured a horrible tragedy. Smilin' Norm Coleman got to the senate and inflicted a horrible tragedy on the citizens of Minnesota.
Huh. That came out funnier last night with Ms. Hammer.

By Blogger Hammer, at 7:22 AM  

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