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Ailing former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams still working on behalf of GOP candidates

Grams, who is in hospice care, has authored a fundraising letter for a super PAC formed to raise money for Minnesota GOP congressional candidates.

Ailing former Sen. Rod Grams is still active politically. Grams, who is in hospice care, has authored a fundraising letter from Empower Minnesota, a super PAC that was formed in 2012 to raise money for Minnesota Republican congressional candidates.

 The website first drew attention to the letter, which was sent to a small list of Republican donors.

“In 2014, Empower Minnesota is principally targeting resources to re-elect our two Republican members of congress, retain Michele Bachmann’s district, and defeat Al Franken,” the letter states.

Empower Minnesota is a 527 organization, which means it can raise unlimited amounts of funds but has no direct ties to any candidate or political campaign. The fundraising letter lists a Mendota post office, but the bookkeeping and reporting to the Federal Elections Commission are handled by a Tampa, Fla., company, Robert Watkins and Co.

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In 2012, according to the website Find the Data, Empower Minnesota raised $20,460, $4,000 of which was spent in support of then Congressman Chip Cravaack.