Friday, October 13, 2017

Downtown business interests pay for mailers supporting conservative city council members

[Post updated with a second round of mailers sent on behalf of conservative city council members aligned with Barb Johnson. See this post to read how downtown business interests behind these mailers have aligned with a right-wing PAC that, in previous years, flipped the Minnesota House and Senate from the DFL to Republicans.]

There's a political fund called "Minneapolis Works!" sending mailers supporting Ward 7 incumbent Lisa Goodman. On both sides of the mailer, a diverse collection of disembodied thumbs can be seen endorsing Lisa Goodman as the "proven progressive."

The group had raised $12,000 at the end of August. Funding was provided by the Downtown Council ($1,000); Steve Cramer, President and CEO of the Downtown Council ($500); developer Steve Minn ($5,000) and wife Lucille Minn ($5,000); and Jonathan Weinhagen, the President and CEO of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce ($500).

(Update 10/21: We now know this group is soliciting corporate checks through an alliance with a right-wing PAC called the Minnesota Jobs Coalition.)

Minneapolis Works is likely supporting candidates besides Lisa Goodman. I'm told they are mailing on behalf of John Quincy in Ward 11. Send your tips/pictures to if you happen to get a mailer from Minneapolis Works!

UPDATE: more mailers from Minneapolis Works: Barb Johnson in Ward 4, Kevin Reich in Ward 1 and John Quincy in Ward 11.

UPDATE: Round 2 of Minneapolis Works mailers (arrivingOctober 19th/20th). Lisa Goodman, the pretend progressive; Kevin Reich and the stock image diversity 🌍 children; Tim Bildsoe, who was a Republican city council member in Plymouth until 2014, is labeled a "proven progressive"; and John Quincy, famous for doing nothing, is the progressive who gets things done.