Alida Messinger, the woman telling the DFL what to do, just wrote a big check to buy a DFL legislature:
Philanthropist Alida Messinger, the ex-wife of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, is putting big money into overturning Republican control of the Minnesota Legislature.
Fundraising reports released Wednesday showed that Messinger gave $500,000 to the WIN Minnesota political fund. That group funneled money to the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, a Democratic-supporting independent expenditure group expected to sink significant amounts into key legislative races.
This isn’t a ‘get all money out of politics’ post. Quite the contrary. If Alida wants to write a 500,000 check to the DFL, then write another $500,000 check to WIN Minnesota, then write another $500,000 check to Conservation Minnesota, she should have that right.
Rather, this post will focus on whether the candidates this money supports will be obligated to vote for Alida Rockefeller-Messinger’s ultra-leftist agenda or they’re free to vote the way their constituents tell them to vote.
When Gov. Dayton was picking his MPCA commissioner nominee, Alida Messinger told him she’d earned the right to pick Paul Aasen, an anti-business envirolitigator with the MCEA, as his commissioner. Her wishes were granted immediately.
When the DFL got whipped in the 2010 midterms, she demanded that then-DFL chairman Brian Melendez’s head be delivered to her on a platter or her checks would stop coming in. Shortly thereafter, Melendez announced that he wouldn’t run for another term.
The bottom line is this: when Alida writes big checks, she gets what she wants.
That means anyone who benefits from her financial largess will be expected to vote for the DFL’s agenda without hesitation. That means voting for Alida Messinger’s anti-mining, anti-jobs agenda.