Republicans, meanwhile, sought to capitalize on the DFL fissures. On Tuesday, GOP auditor candidate Randy Gilbert emailed supporters, "My race just got interesting!" and the Republican Party said, "Gilbert shows the way, while Democrat politicians Otto and Entenza argue about who is more extreme left wing."
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.