At the Star Tribune, Adam Belz and Emma Nelson report on fundraising in the Minneapolis mayoral and city council races in the article More than $1.8 million pours into Minneapolis mayoral race, including this:
Campaign finance reports showed that the Minneapolis Works political action committee (PAC), a downtown business-backed group that has focused its energy on City Council races and was blasted over the weekend by DFL state legislators as “right wing money,” has raised $111,000. . . .
What the article doesn't mention is the spending by the committee, which has proven to be a boon to one Greater Minnesota printing company.
Reading the report for this period, Bluestem noticed that the downtown business-backed group isn't putting printing presses to work in Minneapolis despite its name (Minneapolis Works!).
Nope, the work is being done at Schmidt Printing, located in pastoral Byron, a charming small town near Rochester in southeastern Minnesota. The downtown business-backed group handed over $64,235.74 to the hard-working Greater Minnesota printers.
The group spent $91,982.84 for the reporting period, so most of Minneapolis Works! money was spent putting people to work somewhere else. It's even a greater percentage when one adds in the group's spending in the evil metro outside Minneapolis: $26,518 to the 1858 Group (we don't know how much of that might have oozed out to Eagan and beyond).
But we digress.
Understanding the opportunity a large printing conglomerate could offer Schmidt, Al sold the company in 1989 to Minnesota-based Taylor Corporation. This alignment fortified Schmidt’s value-added printing services and enabled the company to add the card pack line of business in 1990 with the purchase of Dimensions in marking, a B-to-B card pack company.
The Taylor Corporation is the eponymous private company held by Glen Taylor, summed up by his Wikipedia entry:
Glen A. Taylor (born April 20, 1941) is an American billionaire businessman who is the majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball team, owner of the Minnesota Lynx WNBA basketball team, owner of the Star Tribune, and a former member of the Minnesota Senate.
In the weird hydrology of Minnesota politics, perhaps some of that money will get dumped into the Minnesota River at North Mankato and flow down to mingle with Minneapolis's drinking water along with the Ag Mafia's treasured pollutants. That could be as close to Minneapolis Works! dollars come to the average voter in Minneapolis.
Update: In the comments, a reader notes that since the water intake for Minneapolis's drinking water is upstream on the Mississippi River at Columbia Heights, none of the cash polluting this election will reach workers living in Minneapolis. Sad.
Photo: The Money Barn. Heaven alone knows what sort of effluent flows out of this, or if the MPCA monitors it.
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