Union-funded group supporting Minnesota Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton.
Players Guide 2010
Independent political groups — both new and existing — have committed themselves to spending heavily to influence the outcome of the 2010 elections. Some are taking advantage of a recent Supreme Court decision by funneling money from business corporations or labor unions into the election process. Many of these groups avoid making public disclosure of their donors. Who are these groups and who’s behind them?
Below is a list of some major groups that have been — or say they will be — active in this campaign cycle. This is not a comprehensive list, and additional groups will be added as the campaign season unfolds.
We selected these groups based on how much money they have spent, or say they plan to spend, or how much media attention they have attracted. Most of them have pledged to spend tens of millions of dollars in the 2010 elections.
Our "Cash Attack" coverage of 2010 political ads by corporations and unions is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation.
Pro-business, corporate-funded group backing Republican candidate Tom Emmer for governor of Minnesota.
Political action committee supporting Democratic candidates directly and through grassroots campaigns.
Labor union representing 2.2 million health care, government and property management workers. Leans Democratic.
Lobbying group representing more than 3 million businesses. Leans Right-center.
Focused on electing conservative Republicans to state offices.
Democratic-leaning group originally formed in 2005 to oppose President George W. Bush’s Social Security proposal.
Founded by a former Republican senator and a former GOP House aide. Leans GOP/Right-center.
Labor union representing 1.6 million employees including health care workers, corrections officers and sanitation workers. Leans Democratic.
Advocates for less government spending. Leans Republican/conservative.