A Republican committee spent more money against a conservative lawmaker than any individual Democrat during the 2020 election cycle, campaign finance records show.
The Minnesota Jobs Coalition, which has an affiliated independent expenditure committee called the Minnesota Jobs Coalition Legislative Fund, spent $11,760 against GOP-endorsed state Rep. Jeremy Munson, R-Lake Crystal, during the 2020 election, according to its year-end report.
That’s more than the group spent against any individual Democrat last year. In most cases, the Jobs Coalition spent about $6,200 against Democratic lawmakers.
The Jobs Coalition was founded by a former staffer for House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, who saw four lawmakers break from his leadership in 2018 and form the New House Republican Caucus.
Among those legislators was Munson, who introduced a bill last March to prohibit legislators from working for “businesses whose primary activities involve lobbying” after Daudt accepted a position with Stateside Associates, a Virginia-based lobbying firm.
The money spent against Munson went toward direct mail pieces that accused him of working with “anti-police Democrats” and supporting “efforts to defund the police,” Alpha News reported.
The group received $115,000 from the Republican State Leadership Committee and $24,000 from the Pro Jobs Majority PAC, an independent expenditure committee affiliated with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
The Jobs Coalition also spent $4,940 against Republican Rep. Erik Mortensen, R-Shakopee. Mortensen defeated Democrat Brad Tabke in the November election and is now advocating for the impeachment of Gov. Tim Walz.