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Among Democrats, Clinton raises most money from Minnesota donors

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — When it comes to collecting contributions from prominent Minnesota Democrats, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is leading the pack, according to Federal Election Commission reports released Monday.

The reports, which cover the first quarter, provide a glimpse at the early leanings of some prominent Minnesotans. Clinton raised more money here than all presidential hopefuls did in the first quarter of 2003.

Clinton raised $84,000 in Minnesota, mostly by relying on party stalwarts. Eleven of her donors gave the maximum $4,600 allowed under federal law for individual contributions to the primary and general presidential elections.

DFL faithful Lois Quam, Vance Opperman and Mike Ciresi have written some of the biggest checks to Clinton, helping her raise $3 for every $2 contributed to Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards also got more Minnesota money than Obama, according to the reports.

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None of Obama’s Minnesota contributors gave the maximum, and only two of Edwards’ contributors did.

Among Republicans, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has received more Minnesota dollars than Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Giuliani’s biggest Minnesota supporters include broadcasting magnate Stanley Hubbard and his wife, Karen, as well as Anoka business executive Dean Sundquist.

Minnesota Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler donated to McCain.

The Minnesota contributions represent only donations from people who say they are living in the state.

In explaining why he gave to Clinton, publisher and DFL donor Opperman said: "The country needs somebody who has a great deal of experience and is shrewd and exceedingly tough. I think Hillary Clinton is one of the toughest and most experienced people on the national political scene and would bring those skills to the White House, more so even than the other two candidates."

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