America, Inc., a Virginia-based Super PAC, has spent twice as much money to defeat Independence Party candidate John Denney than Denney has on hand. A review of FEC reports of independent expenditures in Minnesota's sixth congressional district race shows that the group dropped $8,000 in early Octo ... More >>
The Grey Lady is seeing red in Minnesota. In July, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to undermine the state's new union of 27,000 home care workers. The attorneys argued here -- as they have elsewhere -- that forcing some workers to join ... More >>
Congressman Rick Nolan's spokesman denies explosive allegations made in a recent Zenith City Weekly report.NOLAN's 2014 CHALLENGER: Stewart Mills, GOP congressional candidate, hits a beer bong [PHOTOS]The piece, written by Shelly Mategko, alleges that during his campaign to unseat Republican Chip Cr ... More >>
Michele Bachmann's last term in Congress has been ruined by a series of allegations about illegal campaign activity -- allegations serious enough to warrant an FBI investigation.SEE ALSO: Jim Graves pulls out of 6th District race: Top 10 tweetsOn that note, Tom Emmer is off to a great start in his q ... More >>
The Iowa Senate has been scrutinizing alleged violations of state ethics rules that occurred during the course of Michele Bachmann's ill-fated presidential campaign. But that's child's play compared to an FBI probe.A SEPARATE SCANDAL: Bachmann's book tour to promote moribund autobiography has her in ... More >>
Norm Coleman may be Minnesota's most popular prominent Republican, but he isn't feeling any love these days from nonprofit campaign watchdog groups in Washington.Both Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have recently called for the IRS and FEC to investigate whether ... More >>
Talk about a bad tenant!Politics in Minnesota reports that Massachusetts-based Hub Properties Trust has filed paperwork in Ramsey County to evict the MNGOP from the Capitol Office Building space the party had been "renting."We say "renting" because in an internal party memo leaked to Politico earlie ... More >>
Former GOP Party Chair Tony Sutton is batting 2 million.According to new figures released today by the Republican Party's own Internal Finance Review Committee, the GOP is up to its neck in debt -- about $2 million worth. "The debt number is honestly higher than any of us wants it to be," said c ... More >>
Joe Arwood has enough money to buy an old Honda or a new suit.Joe Arwood is a Republican candidate for Amy Klobuchar's U.S. Senate seat. To describe Arwood as a potential "dark horse" candidate is an insult to both darkness and horses. At this point, it's safe to think of Arwood as a no-hoper.Tha ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty, Nick Ayers: Debtor, creditor.Tim Pawlenty's campaign ended more than two months ago, coming to an abrupt stop that was like when a party host throws on the lights at midnight and says, "Party's over, everybody out!"Now that we all had our fun at his expense, Pawlenty is stuck with t ... More >>
The state GOP failed to report nearly $1 million in debt.The worst time to owe someone money is when you're in debt. That's the case with the Republican Party of Minnesota, which is already in debt, but now owes the Federal Election Commission $170,000 for campaign finance violations. Funny ... More >>
Marcus racked up miles at an unbelievable rate in 2006.Marcus Bachmann got $6,230 in gas money at the end of Michele Bachmann's 2006 campaign for the U.S. House. Not only is that a lot of miles, but it might have violated Federal Election Commission rules, the Daily Caller reports. With the reimb ... More >>
Bachmann got lots of small contributions, and a handful of big ones.As of June 30, Michele Bachmann's campaign warchest had about $3.7 million in it, $2 million of which she rolled over from her own political action committee. That still means Bachmann for President raised about $1.7 million in a ... More >>
Following the money.Michele Bachmann may represent Minnesota's 6th congressional district on paper, but she's really America's Congresswoman, playing on a much bigger stage than the northern suburbs and exurbs of the Twin Cities. (Did you catch that star turn at Lincoln Center?) Just take a ... More >>
Blame the speech writers!Michele Bachmann is a force of nature when it comes to raising campaign cash. She busted all kinds of fundraising records in her 2010 race for re-election to Congress. She hauled in $2.2 million in the first three months of this while teasing everyone with the idea sh ... More >>
By Andy Mannix and Mike Mullen AP ImagesLarson was the CEO and treasurer for the 2008 Republican National Convention host committee.In 2008, St. Paul hosted the Republican National Convention. Republican strategist Jeff Larson was the CEO and treasurer of the host committee, which raised $65 ... More >>
Did use of charitable donations violate federal election law?
The host committee continued to spend long after the convention.In this week's feature, "RNC Piggy Bank", we examine how the host committee for the 2008 Republican National Convention has been spending its leftover donations since the convention. Though the bulk of the surplus donations went ... More >>
Who's watching the books?For a budget hawk and a former tax pro, Rep. Michele Bachmann sure seems to have an issue with math. Maybe it's because she's got more money than she knows what to do with. The Federal Election Commission has informed her--again--that her year-end campaign finance repo ... More >>
The tea party caucus chair hasn't accounted for $1.5 million in campaign contributions.Michele Bachmann bragged in the last campaign cycle about the tens of thousands of small contributions she received from fans all over the country while building a $13 million war chest to defeat Tarryl Cla ... More >>
mmtzjr69outThe dust has settled in the wake of the 2010 elections, and the hot white glare on Target's controversial support for anti-gay Republican Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign has faded. But FEC records show that the Target political action committee kept up its donations to anti-ga ... More >>
Eddie Izzard can't do that, can he?Norm Coleman lost his Senate seat to Al Franken, and it looks like Jeff Larson just can't let go. Coleman's D.C. landlord and Sarah Palin's personal shopper is head of an outfit called Senate Accountability Watch. And he's filed a complaint with the Federal ... More >>
Follow the money.Michele Bachmann has the fattest bank account of anyone running for Congress this year, yet her district has a modest per-caita income and has been one of the hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. So where has she been raising her nearly $10 million haul? A big chunk is c ... More >>
Sean Hannity is now one of Michele Bachmann's sugar daddies.No one seriously thinks that Fox News gasbag Sean Hannity is fair and balanced when it comes to Rep. Michele Bachmann. He makes stuff up to try and burnish her image. He prods her to run for the White House alongside Sarah Palin. A ... More >>
Michele Bachmann: That's one "L," not twoThe gaffes keep coming for Michele Bachmann. It turns out someone in the congresswoman's own organization can't even spell her name right in legal documents with the Federal Election Commission. Barry Arrington filed a statement of organization for Ba ... More >>
The FEC finds "one or more contributions that appear to exceed" limits on campaign donations, and other issues.
The Sartell resident's positions put him to the right of an already far-right incumbent.
Attention those of you convinced that there's a liberal media conspiracy aimed only at fact-checking Republicans.
Never mind that some of those legal bills come from defending against an investigation into his fund-raising.
The Federal Elections Commission came back to Norm Coleman with two drafted opinions based on his inquiry about paying legal bills with campaign funds.
Coleman is asking the FEC if he can use his campaign funds for a defense against allegations in a lawsuit involving a buddy and campaign donor, Nasser Kazeminy.
What better way to spend your hard-earned cash than to help Norm Coleman and Al Franken fight to the death in court?
Franken was back on the interview circuit, reporters start crunching FEC filing numbers, and another searchable absentee ballot database.
The Minnesota DFL filed a Federal Election Commission complaint yesterday against Norm Coleman, alleging he br ... More >>
Minnesota's new celebrity shopper: Sen. Norm Coleman and Gov. Sarah Palin seem to have the same friends in high ... More >>
Exactly how much political influence can $5 or $6 million buy, anyhow?
So far in the 2006 election cycle, residents in Zip code 55405 have contributed $317,371 to congressional candidates and the soft-money funds that support them.
A D.C.-based money-in-politics watchdog group has just released a comparison of the five metro areas vying to host the '08 national political conventions. Minneapolis/St. Paul is one.
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THESE DAYS The Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania said last week it filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission questioning the legality of an ad campaign by The Scranton Times-Tribune that names senatorial candidate Bob Casey Jr. in a faux headline. The ongoing and expanding po ... More >>
CITY PAGES BLOGS Diablo Cody has some nice pussy pictures (and a couple of pup ones) at Pussy Ranch. THESE DAYS A political committee founded by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may have improperly spent unregulated "soft money" on get-out-the-vote and fundraising activities, the Federal Election ... More >>
The Lawson Commons deal: Norm Coleman gives...and Norm Coleman receives
McCain-Feingold was supposed to stop the flow of soft money. So what's with all the attack ads?
The real outrage is that big money interests can purchase politicians and policy in ways that are perfectly legal.
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