Just the Facts, Ma’am – What IS the “Alliance For a Better Minnesota” PAC?
Alliance For a Better Minnesota (ABM) is a Minnesota-based Political Action Committee (PAC), largely funded by Alida Messinger and other traditional DFL-affiliated groups who have joined together to provide a unified funding and messaging strategy for DFL candidates and causes in Minnesota.
ABM will spend literally millions of dollars in this campaign. Other outside business groups, tribal governments, unions, political parties, and independent special interest groups do the same, but not nearly to the scale of what we are seeing in 2012 with ABM.
Alida Messinger, Alida Rockefeller by birth and Gov. Mark Dayton’s ex-wife, and heiress to the Standard Oil fortune. She later married now-Governor Mark Dayton, divorced and remarried. The Star Tribune reported, “Alida Messinger, an heir to the fabled Rockefeller fortune, has quietly given at least $10 million to candidates and causes over the past decade. She is vowing to do all she can to help the DFL regain control of the Legislature…”
You may disagree with their political perspective, and you can argue the unfairness of campaign finance laws that severely limit candidates while allowing outside groups to raise and spend millions on local races, but it is hard to say ABM hasn’t effectively worked the system to maximum political advantage.
It isn’t hard to figure out why Alida (Rockefeller Dayton) Messinger and an outside group like ABM would target Rochester and spend perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars on negative ads to secure the legislature for the DFL for the last two years of Gov. Dayton’s term as governor. With a DFL governor and legislature, there will be no check on Gov. Dayton’s quest to raise taxes, which he has already called for. Imagine the impact increasing taxes will have on our jobs and struggling economy.
Non-partisan, the ABM are not.