No ads, but presidential campaigns have spent more than $15 million in Minnesota
October 24, 2012 — 5:34pm
Being a non-swing state, Minnesota has seen no presidential ad spending from the two candidates. But Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have tossed some cash the state’s way nonetheless.
Obama’s campaign has spent nearly $1 million in total in the state. Although Romney has no one on payroll in Minnesota, the state has actually raked in more from the Republican. According to federal records, Romney has paid various Minnesota-based businesses $14.6 million.
The reason? St. Paul-based FLS Connect, a data management and telemarketing firm which works all over the nation, has raked in $14.5 million from the Republican nominee. Jeff Larson, a longtime ally of former Sen. Norm Coleman, used to be at FLS Connect’s helm. Larson now is the chief-of-staff at the Republican National Committee.
According to the records, Romney has paid three Minnesotans each $1,000 of field work in June and has spent no payroll here. The Obama campaign, which has had a Minnesota operation for months, has spent nearly $290,000 on payroll here and lists a dozen Minnesota staffers.
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