Messinger gives $100K against photo ID; Naegele donates $25K for marriage amendment
October 27, 2012 — 12:58am
Wealthy individuals are giving huge donations to influence the results of Minnesotans votes on two constitutional amendments, bumping up the cash campaigns that have already broken records for expense.
On Friday alone, the campaign against the photo ID constitutional amendment got $100,000 from Alida Messinger, who has given millions to various causes and Democratic campaign over the years. Most recently, Messinger is known for her funding of a coalition of groups working to elect DFL majorities to the Legislature. She is Gov. Mark Dayton's ex-wife and a heir to the Rockefeller fortune.
Also on Friday, the campaign to pass the marriage amendment, which would define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman, got a $25,000 donation from Bob Naegele, the chairman of the Minnesota Wild hockey team. Naegele has made big gifts to conservative causes and gave the pro-amendment Minnesota for Marriage $25,000 earlier this year.
During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."