From the Star Tribune's Morning Hot Dish newsletter:
The low-turnout, high-stakes primary race in Minnesota’s northern Eighth Congressional District is capturing the big bucks from outside groups.
According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, the Minnesota DFL spent $135,000 in July to create and air an ad promoting their endorsee Rick Nolan, and Women Vote!, an arm of female candidate funders EMILY’s List, spent about $80,000 to make and air a spot supporting their pick, Tarryl Clark.
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.