Associated Press, Published October 26 2010
Big players in Minnesota governor race outgun candidatesST. PAUL (AP) — The biggest spender in Minnesota's race for governor isn't a candidate.
The left-leaning Alliance for a Better Minnesota has already put $4.8 million into the contest, most of it used on negative ads against Republican nominee Tom Emmer. The group gets its money from unions, the Democratic Governors Association and other prolific Democratic donors.
On the Republican side, the business-backed MN Forward campaign fund has spent about $1.7 million. Much of that went to ads either promoting Emmer or attacking Democratic nominee Mark Dayton.
Another group, Minnesota's Future has been the vehicle for the Republican Governors Association. The RGA has put at least $1.3 million into the race for ads criticizing Dayton and the Independence Party's Tom Horner.
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