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Coleman group spent nearly $4.3 million on 2010 election

WASHINGTON — The American Action Network, a so-called Super PAC co-founded by former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, spent nearly $4.3 million in the 2009-10 election cycle in 11 House and Senate races across America, from Massachusetts to Alaska.

None of that money was spent in Minnesota, according to FEC disclosure forms obtained and databased by the Sunlight Foundation. The largest expenditure, almost $850,000 in a single House race, was spent in Massachusetts’ 10th District, an open seat that Democrats wound up holding despite the vast influx of outside money.

Elsewhere, like in Wisconsin where AAN spent $455,000 to unseat Democrat Russ Feingold, those outside dollars were credited with helping finance the upset win by a Republican.

The full list of contributions in listed here. AAN hasn’t disbursed any money toward a November 2012 race yet, but it has already funneled in more than $94,000 in a three-way special election in New York. Details of how that money is being spent are here.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 05/21/2011 - 05:09 pm.

    It should be frightening to anyone who values free and fair elections that special interests can just dump $800,000 in a race. That’s as much as a typical House campaign. AAN and their ilk can easily allow one candidate to outspend another by several times, and the supported candidate is dependent for their election on wealth special interests outside the district.

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