Still more political donations from KSTP’s corporate parent, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.: this time, $25,000 to Minnesota’s Future, the anti-Mark Dayton group run by Norm Coleman benefactor Jeff Larson.
Minnesota’s Future has promised a $1 million advertising blitz in the campaign’s final days. The Star Tribune’s Rachel Stassen-Berger notes the group “falsely claimed DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton proposed an email tax in one of their previous ad(s).”
KSTP-TV’s political reporter Tom Hauser also called the email tax claim an “outright falsehood” in a September “Truth Test.” But Hauser found other claims true, and gave the ad an overall “C-” grade.
Empowered by new Supreme Court rules allowing corporate donations for direct candidate advocacy, HBI has earlier donated $100,000 to MnForward, another anti-Dayton group. The newsroom has added disclaimers whenever Hauser reviews one of MnForward’s ads, and it looks like they’ll have to do it again — potentially often — for Minnesota’s Future.
St. Paul-based HBI also donated $10,000 earlier this week to Pro Jobs Majority, which backs Minnesota legislative candidates.
Fox9’s New York-based owner, News Corp., has donated $1 million to the Republican Governor’s Association. This week, MPR reported that the RGA gave $1 million to Minnesota’s Future for the campaign-ending fusillade.