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Continued: Spending on Minnesota legislative races has doubled in 10 years

In that race, groups trying to get Dorholt elected spent about $300,000 and those rooting for Banaian spent about $200,000.

Republican interests were outgunned that year not just in that district, but in most other competitive races.

The Star Tribune’s analysis showed that Democratic interests outspent Republican groups in 25 of the 40 most expensive contests. In those races, Democratic groups spent $6.9 million — 20 percent more than the $5.8 million mustered by Republican groups.

While money is not the only determining factor, DFLers swept to victory in 32 of those races, with Republicans winning eight.

 

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger • Twitter: @RachelSB

  • About this data

    The Star Tribune compiled spending amounts using electronic data supplied by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board. Altogether, the Star Tribune analyzed data from more than 5,000 individual filings.

    Campaign spending represents direct campaign expenditures as reported by the candidates to state regulators for the election cycle, and do not include indirect expenses, transfers or other expenses. Spending by political action committees and parties represents the total independent expenditures those organizations reported in independent expenditures for each district. The district-by-district breakdowns do not include donations that political action committees and parties made to candidates. Legally, candidates can control the money they spend but not the money that parties or political action committees spend.

    The state’s campaign finance board considers the paper filings that candidates, parties and political action committees report to be the official record and the electronic filings contain some imperfections. “The electronic data is not verified against the original data or otherwise checked for data entry errors,” the campaign finance board says.

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