New independent political group crops up in Minn.

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 18, 2010 - 12:47 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A prominent Republican consultant has launched a new political organization aimed at helping "pro-business candidates" in Minnesota.

Jeff Larson of the political consulting firm FLS Connect said Wednesday his "Minnesota Future" fund registered with the IRS is gearing up. The 527 group — named for a section in the tax law — is exempt from limits on campaign fundraising and spending that apply to party-affiliated groups.

Larson is a big player in GOP politics. He was a campaign adviser to former Sen. Norm Coleman and had a lead role for the Republican National Convention host committee in 2008. He is skilled at fundraising and voter outreach.

Independent groups have had an increasing role in Minnesota elections. A few Democratic-aligned groups have pooled money to run ads attacking GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer.

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