In a front-page story in the Sunday edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reporters Rachel Stassen-Berger and Glenn Howatt do a public service by following the money in Minnesota state elections from 2007 to 2012. The reporters track money from individuals, labor unions, party units, corporate donors and others.
To their credit, the reporters don’t bury the real lede too far down, as they write in the second paragraph of their story,
They are correct. But just how heavily the donations favor Democrats, the reporters do not say. So I have taken a shot at answering the question by identifying the top 26 donors identified by the Star Tribune as either Democrat-leaning or Republican –leaning.
Of the top 26 donors, all but 7 lean toward the Democrats in their donations. Adding up the dollars given by each donor during the 2007-2012 period, Democrat-leaning donors gave $20.5 million and Republican-leaning donors gave $6.2 million. That works out to more than a 3 to 1 advantage for the Democrats.
If Republicans were enjoying a 3 to 1 fundraising advantage, just imagine the cries for campaign finance reform and getting money out of state politics. Instead, the silence is deafening.