Minn. group launches offensive against GOP's Emmer

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 6, 2010 - 8:55 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The first substantial infusion of interest group money in the Minnesota governor's race is half-million-dollar TV ad buy from a left-leaning group criticizing Republican Tom Emmer.

The Alliance for a Better Minnesota said Tuesday the ads would air statewide. The group said the spot dissects Emmer's voting record and compares the state legislator to Gov. Tim Pawlenty. A copy wasn't immediately available.

Past campaign reports show the alliance gets its money from labor unions, environmental groups and American Indian tribes.

Minnesota voters are expected to see plenty of advertising from groups not officially connected to candidates. That's because recent court rulings eased restrictions on how money could flow into the system.

A coalition of business groups says it too will be more active in the 2010 campaign than it has been in previous elections.

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