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Associated Press, Published December 30 2009

Minnesota's 2008 Senate race most expensive in nation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Federal Election Commission says Minnesota's Senate race in 2008 was the most expensive in the nation.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken raised $22.5 million for his campaign. The FEC said Tuesday that was more than any other congressional candidate raised.

His opponent, Republican Norm Coleman, was second with $19.3 million.

Their figures were higher in part because of a re-count and six-month court contest. The two continued to raise money long after the Nov. 4 election, with Franken raising $1.9 million in 2009 for his re-count fund, while Coleman collected $1.1 million.

Their campaign funds dwarfed those of the Independence Party's Dean Barkley. He raised $163,000.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the figures don't include spending by outside groups.