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Here’s who funded the Super PAC that backed Klobuchar’s presidential bid

The group, Kitchen Table Conversations, spent $3 million in support of Klobuchar.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaking during a February 25 presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Who funded the Super PAC supporting Sen. Amy Klobuchar?

In all, the Super PAC supporting Klobuchar’s now-abandoned bid for the presidency, Kitchen Table Conversations, spent close to $3 million — mostly on advertisements supporting Klobuchar. But previously, it wasn’t clear who was funding the group. Only one Kitchen Table Conversations funder was made clear during the election cycle: WOMEN VOTE!, an Emily’s List affiliated Super PAC, gave $250,000.

Now we know the rest: in a filing with the FEC Wednesday, the group has disclosed all its funders.

The listing below includes all donors who gave over $20,000.

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  • Jean Manas of New York, CEO and Founder of Foros, a boutique investment bank: $500,000.
  • Jeff Halis of New York, President of Tyndall Management, a hedge fund management group: $500,000.
  • Jeff Ettinger of Minnesota, former CEO of Austin-based Hormel Foods: $500,000.


  • Lisa Strickler of New York: $250,000


  • Beverly Rogers of Nevada: $100,000


  • Vance Opperman of Minnesota, owner and CEO of MSP Communications, which publishes Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business: $50,000


  • Lana Slavitt of Minnesota, former executive at Target, Yahoo!, Universal Music Group and McKinsey & Company. Current elections lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense: $25,000. Married to Andy Slavitt, former acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Sharla Goodman of Arkansas: $25,000
  • Diana Nelson of California, Chair of Carlson, a company that deals in travel and wealth management: $25,000
  • Martha Gabbert of Minnesota, former Room and Board Executive and current Minneapolis Parks Foundation Board member: $25,000
  • Stacey Mills Heins of Minnesota, retired lawyer: $20,000. Married to Samuel Heins, former ambassador to Norway.
  • Claire Dempsey of Minnesota, former marketing Director at General Mills: $20,000. This contribution was made in late March and was refunded, according to the filing.

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