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.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, whose office audits 59 of 87 Minnesota counties among other responsibilities, said a technical glitch in the state government finance bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session could leave those counties without any auditing.