WASHINGTON - A liberal group that contributes to female candidates who support legal abortion is the largest single donor to Minnesota's congressional delegation, according to a new report from MapLight, a nonpartisan research group that looks at money in politics.
EMILY's List donated more than $360,000 to incumbent members. The powerful political action committee claims credit for helping both DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and fellow Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum take office in Minnesota. The group also backed DFLer Tarryl Clark's run against GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann in 2010 and supports Clark's bid against Rep. Chip Cravaack this year.
Other prominent donors mentioned in the report, entitled "Who Owns Your State's Members of Congress?", include employees of the University of Minnesota, who contributed $141,000, employees of the Minneapolis law firm Robins Kaplan, who gave $139,000, employees of Dorsey and Whitney, another Minneapolis law firm, who gave $134,000 and Target employees, who contributed $119,000.
The study covers the period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011 for House members and July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2011 for Senators in order to capture a single term in each chamber.