Back in October, Bluestem posted Minneapolis Works! launders corporate cash via group that doesn't much like Minneapolis, concerning the news that the Minnesota Jobs Coalition would be the funnel for corporate contributions to independently influence that fair metropolis's city council election.
We also noted the irony of a group calling itself "Minneapolis Works!" getting its political junk mail printed at a Glen Taylor-owned print shop far south of the Mill City in our post Bridging urban-rural divide, Minneapolis Works! sends flood of printing work to Byron, Minnesota.
In Thursday's Minnpost, Peter Callaghan reports in Pro-business Minnesota Jobs Coalition dumped $140,000 into Minneapolis campaign before city election that Minneapolis Works pretty much sucked at picking ponies in the race:
The donations more than doubled the amounts raised by Minneapolis Works in the final pre-election disclosure report. After reporting just $112,000 in donations as of Oct. 24 — $60,000 of which came from national Democratic funder James Lawrence — Minneapolis Works raised another $162,000 between that date and the end of the year. In fact, $152,000 was received between Nov. 1 and Nov. 13, the weeks straddling the Nov. 6 election. In addition to the $140,000 from the Jobs Coalition, Minneapolis Works received $10,000 from developer Kelly Doran, $10,000 from Minneapolis developer George Sherman and $1,500 from the political committee of the Minneapolis Downtown Council.
As it turned out, only two of the incumbents backed by Minneapolis Works survived a challenge from their political left. Council Member Kevin Reich and Council Member Lisa Goodman were re-elected while Council Members Barbara Johnson, Blong Yang and John Quincy were defeated. Minneapolis Works also backed Tim Bildsoe in the race for an open seat in Ward 3, which was won by Stephen Fletcher. In that race, the committee spent heavily against Socialist Alternative candidate Ginger Jentzen, who finished second. It also backed a challenger to incumbent Council Member Alondra Cano in Ward 9, but Cano was re-elected.
The ironic note? Ranger Joe Radinovich, chastised by the Minnesota Jobs Coalition for being too pro-Minneapolis when he served in the Minnesota House (image at the top of this post, on the right), is now chief of staff for Mayor Jacob Frey, after running his campaign.
Well played, young man, well played.
Image: An Anti-Minneapolis Minnesota Jobs Coalition hit piece print ad from 2014. Minneapolis thanked Radinovich again by electing his mayoral candidate in 2017.
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