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Vikings hope money talks

October 26, 2010 - Per Peterson
ACDC fans know that money talks, but does it? We’ll find out in the next session when our new governor works his magic for a new Vikings stadium. Or if he doesn’t. Four members of the Wilf family — the Wilfs own the team — wrote $33,600 in checks to Minnesota’s would-be governors and the party fundraising committees for the Legislature. The Associated Press has reported that the Wilfs gave $6,000 to the central campaign fund for Senate Democrats, $6,600 to the House GOP caucus and $7,500 each to the House Democrat and Senate Republican accounts. The Wilfs combined to give $3,000 each to Democratic nominee for governor Mark Dayton and GOP nominee Tom Emmer. A report for a third-party candidate, Tom Horner, wasn’t immediately available. The Wilfs obviously have all their bases covered, but they’re fooling themselves if they think they can cut a check and expect action — not with a $6 billion deficit looming. Remember when $6 million sounded like a lot of money? I hope that’s not all it takes — flashing some money around to get action. I hope whoever the next governor is remembers the people who got him elected —?many of whom don’t want to help pay for a new stadium through increased taxes. If the cash gets the future governor to push for a Racino or somehow prompts him to work harder to find a way to fund a new stadium without one eye on my pocketbook, fine. But don’t tell the voters they’ll be taxed more to pay for a stadium. Doubt that will fly with most of them. Does money talk??We’ll see. I just don’t want mine to walk.


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