The business-backed independent-expenditure group MN Forward released its third TV commercial of the gubernatorial campaign aimed at what it calls “DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton’s plans to increase job-killing taxes by $5 billion.”
The ad, featuring unhappy children, began airing statewide this morning and will run for at least 10 days, costing MN Forward and its backers about $350,000, said the group’s director, Brian McClung.
“It’s clear the number one issue in this election is how best to position Minnesota for job growth,” said McClung. “Mark Dayton’s plan to raise taxes by $5 billion will kill jobs and stop economic growth in its tracks. Dayton claims he’ll only tax high-income earners, but his budget plan is incomplete and even DFL Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher has said Dayton’s plan would tax middle-income couples, like a police officer and a nurse. Adding insult to injury, some of Dayton’s family money is in income tax-free South Dakota.”
The Dayton campaign told the Star Tribune the ad is inaccurate in leaving the impression that the tax increases would affect everyone, rather than high-income earners. MN Forward supporters include: Target, 3M, Best Buy, Hubbard Broadcasting, the Minnesota Beverage Association, the Minnesota Trucking Association, the Insurance Federation of Minnesota, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Business Partnership.
For a complete list of MN Forward contributors, go here (PDF) to Page 4.