Frustrated GOP donor Cummins won’t donate to Minnesota legislators, Strib says

The Star Tribune reports that Bob Cummins, a local CEO who’s been a big donor to state GOP causes, has told people he won’t donate to legislative campaigns this year because he’s upset that the Legislature didn’t approve a “right-to-work” constitutional amendment.

The paper said Cummins, CEO of Primera Technology in Plymouth, has donated more than $3.5 million to state Republican efforts in the past.

Citing “multiple sources,” the paper said Cummins is frustrated that right-to-work, which limits union power, didn’t get through the Legislature and onto the November ballot.

Cummins didn’t respond to the paper’s questions, but Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, said:

“He was pretty tied in to the right-to-work issue, and I think that was his main legislative priority. I don’t think I would expect a lot of help out of him given that we didn’t advance that.”

The story says there’s concern that Cummins’ failure to donate could further hurt state Republican fundraising, especially after the party’s recent scandals.

Other GOP business donors expressed frustration about failure to get right-to-work on the ballot, but haven’t said they’d withhold donations.

Republican legislative leaders said there weren’t enough votes to pass the legislation, and some business groups didn’t think this was the right year to put it before voters.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by chuck holtman on 06/22/2012 - 12:04 pm.

    Seems pretty straightforward.

    If Mr Cummins paid the majority caucus for the constitutional amendment and never got it, then he should get his money back, assuming he kept his receipt. Or, he could exchange it for some other legislation that he likes.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 06/22/2012 - 12:16 pm.

    The ballot’s cluttered

    with two constitutional amendments already. Cummins needs to wait until 2014 when it won’t have to compete with any other crowd-drawing ballot initiatives. Be patient, sir.

  3. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 06/22/2012 - 01:55 pm.

    Is Mr. Cummins

    Ok with the republican sex scandal and payment of legal fees by the taxpayers?

  4. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 06/22/2012 - 04:50 pm.

    Let’s not bury the main issue here: this guy figured that if he donated a big enough sum to the GOP party/caucus, he could buy a specific act of legislation.

    That is so frightening. It seems a lot of people, on the right, believe that money is more than “speech” for the wealthy: it is a weapon by which they force their views and preferences on all the rest of us.

    Thank goodness there were other “priority” Constitutional amendments for the MN GOP this year, like limiting the number of people of certain demographics from voting and denying certain human rights to certain people. That way, this guy with too much money on his hands couldn’t buy his way into controlling our working lives. Yet.

  5. Submitted by Annie Grandy on 06/24/2012 - 12:45 am.

    Just like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”

    and just as frightening, he’ll be back. Can only hope everyone will remember he tried to buy his way out of his responsibility to his employees whose labor is making him rich.

  6. Submitted by mark wallek on 06/24/2012 - 10:47 am.

    What about me?

    I’m not running for any office, hence any corrupt thoughts are absolutely no danger to the american way of life. So how about giving ME some big money and I promise I’ll go away someplace very remote and never come back.

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