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Biggest Spenders on Lobbying

Ranked by disbursements | List information taken from the 2013 Business Information Guide
Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, company and organization representatives, and websites. If you were not contacted for this list but would like to be in the future, please contact research@tcbmag.com.
Abbreviation: NA--Not applicable
Note: Utilities are required to include spending associated with regulatory proceedings in their disbursement figures.
Company/organization
Address
Phone • Website
Founded
2011 disburse- ments
2010 disburse- ments
Top local executive/
Registered lobbyists1
Description
Primary issue(s) for 2011 disbursements
1
Xcel Energy, Inc.
414 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-330-5500 • xcelenergy.com
1909
$2,360,000
$2,430,000
Benjamin
Fowke III
9
Electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight states, including Minnesota; provides energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers
Regulatory proceedings before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
2
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
400 Robert St. N, Ste. 1500
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-292-4650 • mnchamber.com
1909
$2,060,000
$1,860,000
David
Olson
9
Minnesota's largest business advocacy organization; represents more than 2,300 companies of all types and sizes across the state on a variety of business-related issues
Broad-based business agenda that reflect member priorities
3
Minnesota Business Partnership, Inc.
80 S 8th St., Ste. 3530
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-370-0840 • mnbp.com
1977
$980,000
$920,000
Charlie
Weaver
6
Non-partisan organization comprised of CEOs of large Minnesota companies; focus is on maintaining a high quality of life for all Minnesotans by ensuring that the state economy remains strong and globally competitive
Education-related issues
4
Minneapolis Radiation Oncology Physicians, PA
6950 France Ave. S, Ste. 200
Minneapolis, MN 55435
952-920-4915 • mropa.com
1982
$900,000
$720,000
Robert
Haselow
14
Association that has a team of doctors and physicists dedicated to the treatment of cancer through radiation therapy
Not provided
5
Minnesota Vikings Football Club
9520 Viking Dr.
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
952-828-6500 • vikings.com
1961
$840,000
$500,000
Mark
Wilf
9
Professional football club of the National Football League
Securing funding for a new stadium
6
Minnesota AFL-CIO
175 Aurora Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103
651-227-7647 • mnaflcio.org
1956
$820,000
$200,000
Shar
Knutson
9
State federation of labor representing more than 300,000 members from more than 1,000 local unions throughout Minnesota; its mission is to improve the lives of working families and bring social and economic justice
Paid media, public relations, research and polling, phone calling, mailings, and materials opposing more than 100 pieces of legislation, including the "right to work" and budget constitutional amendments, and supporting the bonding and Vikings stadium bills
7
Coalition of Minnesota Businesses, Inc.
80 S 8th St., Ste. 3530
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-334-3114 • mnbusiness.com
1990
$748,000
$322,365
Charlie
Weaver
1
Non-partisan, grassroots organization comprised of 11 employer groups representing more than 20,000 employers across the state; members' goal is to improve the business climate and strengthen the local economy
Growing jobs in Minnesota, K-12 education reform, health care policy reform
8
Alliance for a Better Minnesota
1600 University Ave. W, Ste. 309B
St. Paul, MN 55104
651-647-2645 • abetterminnesota.org
2006
$670,000
$16,664
Carrie
Lucking
2
Advocacy organization whose mission is to educate the public about policies, politicians, and organizations
Not provided
9
League of Minnesota Cities
145 University Ave. W
St. Paul, MN 55103
651-281-1200 • lmc.org
1913
$608,965
$570,000
James
Miller
11
Membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in local government; serves more than 800 member cities through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services
Annexation, building codes, land use, elections, civil law, data practices, elections, employment and labor relations, the environment, housing, pensions and retirement, public safety, taxes, transportation, general government
10
Minnesota School Boards Association
1900 Jefferson Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082
507-934-2450 • mnmsba.org
1920
$600,000
$560,000
Jackie
Magnuson
7
Organization that supports, promotes, and enhances the work of public school boards and public education
Not provided
11
Minnesota Indian Gaming Association
P.O. Box 218
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-751-0560 • mnindiangamingassoc.com
1985
$580,000
$380,000
John
McCarthy
8
Association of federally recognized tribes that conduct legal gaming within their reservations; mission is to safeguard the right of those tribes to conduct legal gambling on their land
Preventing any expansion of gambling in Minnesota, either on or off of tribal lands
12
Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation
2665 145th St. W
Rosemount, MN 55068
800-889-9508 • minnesotaenergyresources.com
1932
$560,000
$60,000
Barbara
Nick
11
Local distribution natural gas company
Regulatory proceedings before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
13
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
320-532-4181 • millelacsband.com
NA
$550,000
$430,000
Marge
Anderson
8
Self-governing, federally recognized Indian tribe located in east central Minnesota that has more than 4,300 enrolled members; the band's businesses include Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, and seven branches of Woodlands National Bank
Natural resources management, health and human services, tribal sovereignty, education, economic development, public safety, gaming/tourism
14
Education Minnesota
41 Sherburne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103
651-227-9541 • educationminnesota.org
1998
$500,000
$900,000
Tom
Dooher
67
Union of 70,000 educators across the state; advocates on behalf of various issues that affect teachers and students
Crafting a new teacher evaluation law, advocating a plan to reduce the academic achievement gap, and reversing a 10-year slide in state funding for public schools
15
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
952-445-7223 • canterburypark.com
1994
$460,000
$420,000
Randall
Sampson
10
Owns Canterbury Park, which hosts pari-mutuel wagering on live thoroughbred and quarter horse races and simulcast wagering on races at out-of-state racetracks, and which operates a card casino that hosts poker and table games
Racino legislation
15
Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities
525 Park St., Ste. 470
St. Paul, MN 55103
651-225-8840 • greatermncities.org
1969
$460,000
$420,000
Tim
Flaherty
10
Brings city officials and legislators together to discuss issues confronting Greater Minnesota; mission is to develop viable, progressive communities for businesses and families through economic growth and local government operations
Local government aid and property tax issues
15
Flint Hills Resources, LP
13775 Clark Road
Rosemount, MN 55068
651-437-0700 • fhr.com
1955
$460,000
$380,000
Scott
Lindemann
12
Refining and chemicals company that markets products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, olefins, polymers, and intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils and asphalt
Energy-related issues
18
Otter Tail Power Company
215 S Cascade St.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
218-739-8200 • otpco.com
1907
$440,000
$1,340,000
Charles S.
MacFarlane
15
Provides electricity and energy services to more than 250,000 people in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota
Regulatory proceedings before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, CapX2020 transmission-related matters
19
Great River Energy
12300 Elm Creek Blvd.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
763-445-5000 • greatriverenergy.com
1999
$420,000
$620,000
David
Saggau
9
Not-for-profit cooperative that provides wholesale electric service to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin; those member cooperatives distribute electricity to about 1.7 million people
Energy-related issues
19
Minnesota Association of Realtors
5750 Lincoln Dr.
Edina, MN 55436
952-935-8313 • mnrealtor.com
1919
$420,000
$480,000
Christopher
Galler
5
Statewide professional and trade association that has 18,000 members who are involved in all aspects of the real estate industry
Private property rights, property taxes, transaction-related fees and regulations, rental and commercial property issues, environmental land-use policy
19
NAIOP Minnesota
4248 Park Glen Road
Minneapolis, MN 55416
952-928-4647 • naiopmn.org
1972
$420,000
$460,000
Patrick
Mascia
4
The Minnesota chapter of the National Association of the Industrial and Office Properties, a trade association for developers, owners, and related professionals in office, industrial, and mixed-use real estate
Property taxes
22
Altria Client Services, Inc. and affiliates
33 E Main St., Ste. 420
Madison, WI 53703
608-251-0195 • altria.com
1902
$400,000
$240,000
Garth
Alston
8
Provides tobacco and wine products through various subsidiaries: Philip Morris, USA; John Middleton; U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company; Ste. Michele Wine Estates; and Philip Morris Capital Corporation
Not provided
23
Prairie Island Indian Community
5636 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch, MN 55089
651-385-2554 • prairieisland.org
1936
$340,000
$280,000
Johnny
Johnson
3
A sovereign nation located in southeast Minnesota near Red Wing; owns and operates Treasure Island Resort & Casino and, with more than 1,700 tribal and non-tribal workers, is the largest employer in Goodhue County
Nuclear waste storage, nuclear power, regulated industries, energy, environment and natural resources, tribal-state relations, education and preservation of the Dakota language, social services, the Indian Child Welfare Act, law enforcement, gaming and gambling
24
Minnesota Association of Professional Employees
3460 Lexington Ave. N, Ste. 300
Shoreview, MN 55126
651-227-6457 • mape.org
1975
$300,000
$180,000
James
Monroe
4
Labor union representing more than 12,000 professional and supervisory workers employed by the State of Minnesota
Protecting public employees' collective bargaining rights, wages, pensions, and workplace protections
24
Minnesota Council of Health Plans
2550 University Ave. W
St. Paul , MN 55114
651-645-0099 • mnhealthplans.org
1985
$300,000
$180,000
Julie
Brunner
3
Trade association for Minnesota's seven nonprofit health plan companies; promotes the delivery of high-quality, affordable health care
Helping the Minnesota Legislature and new administration (following the 2010 Minnesota elections) understand the important role that health plans provide
24
Minnesota Private College Council
445 Minnesota St., Ste. 500
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-228-9061 • mnprivatecolleges.org
1948
$300,000
$260,000
Paul
Cerkvenik
7
Represents 17 private, nonprofit colleges and universities; mission is to serve members' shared needs and advocate for public policies that help students and strengthen the state
Advocating for need-based financial aid for college students from low- and middle-income families
24
We Want to Work for Minnesota
300 Hardman Ave. S
South St. Paul, MN 55075
651-450-4990 • taxtherichest.com
2011
$300,000
$0
Eliot
Seide
1
Coalition of public sector labor unions that advocated for a budget solution that would end the Minnesota government shutdown of 2011
Ending the 2011 Minnesota government shutdown

1 As of December 31, 2011