Another independent expenditure group has entered the competition for campaign dollars in Minnesota.
Republicans Dave Thompson, state senator from Lakeville, and Keith Downey, state representative from Edina, have formed Prosperity Minnesota, a committee that will back fiscal conservative and pro-business candidates like themselves.
“The landscape has changed in funding politics,” said Thompson. “You are seeing more alternative to campaigns, like Americans for a Better Minnesota, for example, on the Democratic side. This is an alternative to people who are not interested in traditional political organizations.”
Thompson said the committee was not organized as an antidote to the financial problems of the state Republican Party, which faces an eviction hearing this week after failing to pay rent for its headquarters since August. “I don’t know what the Republican Party is going to be able to do, or the Democratic Party for that matter,” he said.
The latest chapter in the Republican Party’s financial woes comes Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court. Party officials will appear before referee Jo Anne Yanish in an eviction hearing filed by Hub Properties. The hearing will determine whether Hub Properties’ claim of non-payment of back rent should go before a judge.
Prosperity Minnesota, like many independent expenditure campaigns, has an office in name only, at 5021 Vernon Avenue in Edina, which is the address for a post office box. Thompson said the group hadn’t yet started formal fundraising appeals.