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Published June 20, 2012, 09:09 AM

Dem-leaning groups have cash edge in Minnesota races

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic-leaning political funds have a significant financial lead over their Republican-friendly counterparts in Minnesota with control of the Legislature at stake in November's election.

By: MARTIGA LOHN,Associated Press, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic-leaning political funds have a significant financial lead over their Republican-friendly counterparts in Minnesota with control of the Legislature at stake in November's election.

Fundraising reports posted Tuesday showed three major DFL-supporting funds had almost $1.3 million to spend, compared with $380,000 for three main GOP-leaning funds.

Funds that make independent expenditures in state races are required to report their fundraising, major donors and spending five times before the election. Races that will determine which party controls the Legislature are the main focus this year, with 134 House seats and 67 Senate seats on the ballot.

The funds have yet to spend significant amounts on legislative races.

The Alliance for a Better Minnesota reported spending about $50,000 on mailings against four Republican incumbent lawmakers in swing districts.

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