Franken, Party Friends to Gain from Minnesota Democratic Super-PAC

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks at a rally for Elizabeth Warren (D), in Worcester, Mass. on Oct. 19, 2012.

A Democratic-aligned advocacy group in Minnesota is adding a super-political action committee to prepare for 2014 federal elections in the state.

WIN Minnesota, a 501c4 nonprofit, is adding the super-PAC “to explore the option of doing work in federal races,” executive director Adam Duininck said today in an e-mail to Political Capital. Super-PACs may raise funds in unlimited amounts to independently aid or oppose candidates, usually through paid media.

Duininck is listed as the treasurer of the super-PAC, WIN Minnesota Federal PAC, on the papers it filed with the Federal Election Commission.

“We have an eye toward defending Sen. Al Franken,” the one-term Democrat up for re-election in 2014, Duininck said in the e-mail. It’s not clear at this early stage who will challenge Franken, though former Senator Norm Coleman has opted against a rematch of their close 2008 contest.

“There is a chance that we would do work” in the 2nd Congressional District,, held by Republican John Kline, and the 3rd Congressional District, held by Republican Erik Paulsen, if they become politically vulnerable or leave open their seats to challenge Franken, Duininck said.

Though President Barack Obama won Minnesota last November by 8 percentage points and Democratic Sen.Amy Klobuchar was easily re-elected, Democrats faltered against Kline and Paulsen. Kline won a sixth term with 54 percent and Paulsen secured a third term with 58 percent, even as Obama narrowly won both districts.





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