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Winning Majority Unlocked Loads Of New Money For House GOP

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — To the Minnesota House victors went the campaign money spoils.

An analysis by The Associated Press of newly filed campaign finance reports shows how Republicans turned their House takeover into a moneymaker.

The House Republican campaign arm pulled in nearly $170,000 between Election Day and the rest of the year — five times the haul of House Democrats. More than $1 in every $10 the House Republican Campaign Committee raised in 2014 from lobbyists, political funds and large donors came after the result was known. Less than 1 percent of itemized House Democratic donations were raised in that span.

The late-year donors included several dominant government relations firms as well as political funds representing the petroleum industry, American Indian tribes, hospitals, utilities and some labor unions.

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