Richest Minnesotans keep political campaigns rolling
Nine Minnesotans made Forbes' richest Americans list this year and Minnesota Independent did some number crunching to see how their big bucks factor into national campaign donations. Looks like they have forked over more than $270,000 during the 2008 election cycle.
Who is donating where? Check it out after the jump.
Here's how each Minnesotan ranked on the Forbes list, how much they've been giving, and to whom from Minnesota Independent.
No. 42a, Whitney MacMillan
Cargill heirs Whitney MacMillan and Cargill MacMillan Jr. are tied for the distinction of richest Minnesotan (and 42nd richest American).
Born in 1929, Whitney MacMillan ran Cargill from 1976-1995 and was the last Cargill/MacMillan family member to head the company. Here's what his political spending looks like:
$6,200 to Norm Coleman $3,300 to Erik Paulsen $4,400 to the Republican Party of Minnesota $4,600 to Brian Davis $2,000 to Michele Bachmann $1,000 to John Kline $250 to Rod Grams
MacMillan also sent $1,000 each to Republican Senators in Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, and New Hampshire.
Total contributions: $25,750
No. 42b, Cargill MacMillan Jr.
Cargill MacMillan Jr. must not get as many party invitations as Whitney. There are just three contributions on record this cycle for the heir who saw his massive wealth double in the last year.
$1,000 to Norm Coleman $1,000 to John McCain $1,000 to Mary Bono Mack (R, CA)
Total contributions: $3,000
No. 102, Carl Pohlad
Carl Pohlad once told the Star Tribune: "All I wanted in life was to make a $100 a week and have two suits of clothes-one for summer and one for winter." Notoriously frugal, Pohlad doesn't throw much into politics. But he did earn himself the distinction as the only rich person on this list to give a large contribution to Barack Obama. And his donation to the Major League Baseball Commissioner's office was mostly a contribution to the Democratic party. Of the $273,000 the office has contributed so far in this election cycle, 62% of that green turned blue. Still, he gave up $5,600 to the other side, with a sizable chunk of change going to the Norm Coleman-affiliated Northstar Leadership PAC.
$9,200 to Barack Obama $5,000 to the Northstar Leadership PAC $5,000 to MLB Commissioner's Office $600 to Norm Coleman
Total contributions: $19,800
No. 105, Richard Schulze
Best Buy founder Richard Schulze is sitting on $3.5 billion dollars and put most of his recent political contributions into the U.S. Senate race. Norm Coleman got $2,600 but Mike Ciresi, a one-time contender for Coleman's seat, got $2,300.
$2,600 to Norm Coleman $2,300 Mike Ciresi $1,100 to the Republican National Committee $1,000 to Jim Ramstad
Total contributions: $7,000
No. 123, Glen Taylor
So long as you are a Republican, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is a generous man. If you are the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Taylor is exceedingly generous-$45,000 generous. Here is a man who wants a Republican-controlled Senate and is willing to pay for it.
$45,700 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee $7,200 to the Republican Party of Minnesota $4,600 to John McCain $3,100 to Norm Coleman $2,000 to Michele Bachmann $1,000 to Brian Davis $1,000 to Erik Paulsen $1,000 to John Kline $200 to the Republican National Committee
Total contributions: $65,800
No. 163, Mary Janet Cargill
Mary Janet Cargill apparently does not like to get her money mixed up in politics. She contributed to no campaign for national office. She supported no party. Fair enough, with $2.5 billion who needs politicians? Wait.
No. 281a, Barbara Carlson Gage
Locked in a $1.7 billion three-way tie for least-rich richest Minnesotans (the 281 slot on Forbes' list) are Barbara Carlson Gage, Mary Carlson Nelson, and Stanley Hubbard.
When she's not christening ships, Barbara Carlson Gage is-truth is I don't know what she's doing. But here's who she's been giving to:
$4,600 to John McCain $2,600 to Norm Coleman $2,300 to Rudy Giuliani $1,000 to Jim Ramstad $500 to Brack Obama $500 to Amy Klobuchar
Total contributions: $10,500
No. 281b, Marilyn Carlson Nelson
With just a few exceptions, the Carlson sisters' money runs red. Here are Carlson Co. CEO Marilyn Carlson Nelson's contributions for the current election cycle:
$8,110 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee $6,900 to John McCain $3,600 to Norm Coleman $2,300 to Rudy Guiliani $2,300 to Mike Ciresi $360 to Elizabeth Dole
Total contributions: $21,270
No. 281c, Stanley S. Hubbard
Conservative broadcasting magnate Stanley Hubbard seems to be having the most fun of the bunch. He's given overwhelmingly to the Republican cause, with a few notable exceptions. He gave $5,000 to Norm Coleman but $5,100 to staunch Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, who isn't even facing re-election. He gave $2,300 to Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney (before backing McCain) but he gave the same contribution to one-time Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson of New Mexico, where Hubbard owns four NBC affiliates.
$19,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee $10,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee $10,000 to the Republican Campaign Committee of New Mexico $4,600 to Michele Bachmann $6,600 to Erik Paulsen $6,600 to Dick Day $5,100 to Amy Klobuchar $5,000 to Norm Coleman $5,000 to the Freedom & Security PAC $5,000 to the National Association of Broadcasters $5,000 to Northstar Leadership PAC $5,000 to the Great Plains Leadership Fund $4,600 to John McCain $4,600 to John Kline $2,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee $3,300 to Rudy Giuliani $2,300 to Mitt Romney $2,300 to Bill Richardson $2,300 to Mike Ciresi $1,300 to Pete Domenici $1,000 to John Thune (R, SD) $1,000 to Bob Schaffer (R, CO) $1,000 to Terri Bonoff $500 to Vito Fossella (R, NY) $200 to the Republican Central Committee of South Dakota
Total contributions: $113,800
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