Common Cause Minnesota has already had enough of corporate and union cash in campaigns so today they asked the state’s 100 largest unions and corporations to take a pledge not to make political contributions. The money is already flowing thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Candidates were also asked to sign an agreement that they wouldn’t accept corporate and union money. A decision is expected soon in federal court on direct corporate and union contributions. Mike Dean said “It is hard to believe that big business and labor would invest that kind of money without expecting something in return.” The cat may be out of the bag already, but Dean said “We want to give corporations a way out.”
Dean added that he didn’t know if companies would see boycotts, but he thinks their reputations are being damaged by partisan contributions “Minnesota’s heart of corporate responsibility violates this concept directly.” The nonpartisan group added that the big money should be going into restoring the political contribution refund program. There’s no word yet if anyone will take the “Pledge For Clean Elections” in what looks to be the most expensive election season in the state.