Is Keith Ellison the Chris Dodd of Minnesota?

posted at 12:16 pm on April 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

My friend Eric Ostermeier at the University of Minnesota takes a look under the hood of Rep. Keith Ellison’s re-election campaign, and notices that most of the fuel comes from outside of Minnesota.  The two-term Congressman from MN-05 has raised most of his money from outside the state, let alone his district.  In fact, his out-of-state rate of financing is eleven times that of someo of his colleagues in the Minnesota delegation:

A new Smart Politics analysis of the FEC data reveals another eye-opening fact – DFLer Keith Ellison (MN-05) received more than 80 percent of his itemized individual campaign contributions from those living outside of the Gopher State. In fact, Ellison received 11 times a greater percentage of funds from out-of-state than DFL Representative Tim Walz (7.2 percent) and Republican Representative Erik Paulsen (7.6 percent) and more than four times that of Congresswoman Bachmann (18.7 percent). …

Ellison is the only outlier from the table above, as all other rankings make intuitive sense. The longest-serving members of Congress (Oberstar and Peterson, who are also U.S. House Committee Chairs) have had time to develop numerous contacts across the country, and thus rank at the top in the percentage of funds raised outside of Minnesota. Those Representatives with the next highest terms of service in D.C. (DFLer Betty McCollum and GOPer John Kline) rank in the middle of the list, and those with the fewest terms of service in D.C. (Bachmann, DFLer Tim Walz, and GOPer Erik Paulsen) rank at the bottom.

Earlier, we noted that Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) had only managed to find 5 contributors from Connecticut in Q1 for his re-election bid, and that almost everything he raised came from out of state.  However, Dodd has taken some political body blows, and his constituents are angry with him for good reasons.  After the revelation of his Friends of Angelo loans from Countrywide, Irish mansion, and his lies about the AIG bonus scandal, it doesn’t take a genius to understand why Dodd can’t effectively fundraise from constituents who think he’s part of the problem in DC.

However, that can’t be said about Ellison.  Despite the media attention surrounding Ellison as being the first Muslim elected to Congress, he’s been a non-entity.  Furthermore, he’s been a non-entity Democrat in an exceedingly liberal district.  If ever there was a Republican Lost Cause, MN-05 is it.  It’s the Minnesota windmill to a series of GOP Don Quixotes.  Ellison should have no problem raising money in the district, or in the state, either.

Perhaps Q1 was an anomaly?  After all, a couple of large fundraisers could have thrown off the numbers for one period.  Eric knows that, so he decided to analyze Ellison’s contributions over Ellison’s entire Congressional career — and found out that for the past two years, Ellison has been more or less an import to Minnesota:

While Ellison only received about one-third of such contributions from out-of-state residents during his election campaign of 2006 (34.7 percent), that number skyrocketed as soon as he became the first Muslim ever elected to the U.S. House. Out-of-state itemized individual funds increased to 72.0 percent in 2007, 74.7 percent in 2008, and 83.2 percent for the first quarter of 2009.

Overall, Ellison has received at least two-thirds of such funding from outside the Gopher State in 7 of the last 9 quarters.

What states have funded Ellison?  After Minnesota, it’s been primarily California, Florida, Illinois, and Michigan.  Since first getting elected, Ellison has received more money from California and Florida combined than from Minnesotans, let alone people in his own district.

That doesn’t mean that Ellison is breaking the law, of course; Americans are free to contribute to any candidate they like, within the limits of campaign-contribution limits.  But it does call into question whether Ellison represents his district, and whether his district supports him.  If he can’t do better in his very liberal district, it implies that Ellison may be too liberal even for them.


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Is Hot Air the TMZ of the right blogosphere?

Grow Fins on April 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM

What do the out of staters GAIN from having Ellison? What’s their REAL motive?

originalpechanga on April 23, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Hey – be careful – he’s not only a Democrat but the token official legislative Muslim.

He’s above reproach.

kybowexar on April 23, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Americans are free to contribute to any candidate they like, within the limits of campaign-contribution limits.

I feel this should be changed (fat chance!) Why should the people of one state, have their election decided by someone from another

oldernwiser on April 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

It would be interesting to know who are the out of state sources who are sending money to Ellison.

kingsjester on April 23, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I feel this should be changed (fat chance!) Why should the people of one state, have their election decided by someone from another
oldernwiser on April 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

I agree. But, whuddya gonna do? Our President’s campaign was funded by anonymous foreign sources.

kingsjester on April 23, 2009 at 12:25 PM

I feel this should be changed (fat chance!) Why should the people of one state Country, have their election decided by someone from another

oldernwiser on April 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

FIFY

Knucklehead on April 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM

How about the Turban Durbin of Minnesota?

viking01 on April 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM

oldernwiser on April 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

That’s tough. In spirit, I’d agree. You should only raise funds from people who have the opportunity to vote for you. But, in reality, it’d be impossible to police.

lorien1973 on April 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM

We need the names of who is contributing to Ellison…

d1carter on April 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM

I feel this should be changed (fat chance!) Why should the people of one state, have their election decided by someone from another

oldernwiser on April 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Americans in every other state are already beholden by to the likes of Pelosi and Reid.

Why shouldn’t we get the chance to fund their opposition?

amkun on April 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Is Hot Air the TMZ of the right blogosphere?

Grow Fins on April 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM

How do you figure?

BadgerHawk on April 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Out of state contributions bother me. If the population of the state won’t support a candidate, they obviously don’t represent the views of the population.

Personally, just like the election law which forbids contributions from outside the US for federal elections, I’d be in favor of a law banning out of state contributions for state or local elections.

Terry McCauliff is running in the democratic primary for his party’s nomination to run for Governor here in Virginia and over 80% of his war-chest is non-Virginia contributions.

BacaDog on April 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM

If he can’t do better in his very liberal district, it implies that Ellison may be too liberal even for them.

The D after his name guarantees re-election. Democrats never vote out anyone. They love their ruling class.

lorien1973 on April 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Are we going to keep talking around the point, or is somebody going to look at the ethnicity of the names on that list?

gridlock2 on April 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM

If this is a problem, then I’m guilty also. Sent campaign donations to Michele Bachmann and proud of it. And I live in OK. You go, girl! I won’t contribute to the RNC anymore, but I will give to conservative candidates who espouse my values. It’s just my way of trying to counter George Soros. Suggest all conservatives do likewise.

Christian Conservative on April 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Is there a reason to think these contributions are actually comming from much farther away that California and Florida?

Seems there are no actual controls on where the money actually comes from, just a requirement for ‘plausable denial’ on the part of the candidate. A clear precedent set by Obama.

Freddy on April 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

So long as only people in his district can actually cast a ballot come election time, no problem. If his district doesn’t support him, we’ll find out soon enough.

I am privileged to send money to politicians in other states, Bachmann among them.

RushBaby on April 23, 2009 at 12:32 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood through a front group sent Ellison to Hajj. So one wonders if Ellison believes this:

“God is our purpose, the Prophet our leader, the Qur’an our constitution, Jihad our way and dying for God’s cause our supreme objective.”

There’s also the small matter of treason in overtly opposing the US Constitution and supporting Islamic theocracy. And we should never forget this bit of open treason:

The Muslim Brotherhood “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” — “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America,” by Mohamed Akram, May 19, 1991.” (from the first JW link)

Beagle on April 23, 2009 at 12:34 PM

I want to know if CAIR has contributed from these out of state sources.

I do not want candidates restricted from receiving out of state financing. For those of us who live in predominately red states, we have tried to help our enslaved blue state dwellers by contributing to candidates they have voiced blue staters strongly desired. When Michelle Bachmann was attacked by both the Dems, and of course our loverly RNC, we gave money to her campaign. The same has applied to other Conservatives or good peoples running for offices in blue states. We also gave to Russell running against that slimebag Murtha.

Another glaring fact is that many a blue state is in dire financial straits. Not that some red states are not, but many of the good peoples in these blue states need some help in boosting a candidate. Why not help out?

If Soros, CAIR, Kos, Media Matters and other Lefty sources can support a Dem then why not use our money to aid since we do not live in the state, and therefore cannot go door to door campaigning? Freeing Americans from Dem tyranny one contribution at a time!

freeus on April 23, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Out of state contributions bother me. If the population of the state won’t support a candidate, they obviously don’t represent the views of the population.

Personally, just like the election law which forbids contributions from outside the US for federal elections, I’d be in favor of a law banning out of state contributions for state or local elections.

Terry McCauliff is running in the democratic primary for his party’s nomination to run for Governor here in Virginia and over 80% of his war-chest is non-Virginia contributions.

BacaDog on April 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Interesting idea. But that would also prevent conservatives from hopelessly blue states (like me) from contributing to GOP candidates in competitive states or districts.

We would be stuck giving to the RNC, NRCC, or NRSC, which haven’t always been the best stewards of conservatives’ campaign money.

Steve Z on April 23, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Perhaps he has Saudi sponsorship

PJ Emeritus on April 23, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Here’s the thing — he doesn’t even need campaign contributions. He could blow off fundraising entirely and would win with 65-70% of the vote in his district.

Mr. D on April 23, 2009 at 12:38 PM

You would think that a curious, ambitious news hound over at the StarTribune would would be sniffing around all over this bombshell story.

You would be wrong.

Move along now, nothing to see here…

Bruno Strozek on April 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM

I’m sure Doodad Pro and Good Will will be making large donations to Mr Ellison for his next campaign.

18-1 on April 23, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Is Hot Air the TMZ of the right blogosphere?

Grow Fins on April 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Predictable leftwing tactic. Expose potential scandal on their side and they try a character assassination + misdirection. Doesn’t explain away the question: Who is funding Ellison.

Most people try and influence their own representative with campaign contributions. House and Senate leaders, who’ll hold sway over national legislation, get national campaign funds. Nothing wrong with bank executives favoring a particular Senate banking committee chairman with campaign contributions. But a House newbie? Is CAIR funding him? The House of Saud?

rbj on April 23, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Personally, just like the election law which forbids contributions from outside the US for federal elections, I’d be in favor of a law banning out of state contributions for state or local elections.

BacaDog on April 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Considering the fact that Obama may have raised a significant sum of money from overseas and nothing was done about it, I am not sure adding another lay of law here would be helpful. Though I certainly agree with the philosophical point.

18-1 on April 23, 2009 at 12:45 PM

The D after his name guarantees re-election. Democrats never vote out anyone. They love their ruling class.

lorien1973 on April 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Why should the peasants get to vote out their lords? That would go against the very point of the Democrat political machine.

18-1 on April 23, 2009 at 12:46 PM

I would track the donations and their sources outstate. I think you’ll see a Soros, CAIR connection. It is beyond coincidence that Ellison is spearheading the infusion of Muslims into the Fed’l government and that the Somali and Muslim money laundering entities raided by the FBI lately are in his district. He is a rat and a liar.

MNDavenotPC on April 23, 2009 at 12:56 PM

We in other states enjoy the surreal political comedy that is Minnesota. First a Harold Stassen, then a professional wrestler, then a militant muslim and now a failed TV comic. You people are truly nuts, which is fun – but you are making a mockery of democracy.

Lay off the lutefisk, it obviously has psychotropic properties.

lonesomecharlie on April 23, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Allah Akbar

Show me where’s the money coming from

Kini on April 23, 2009 at 1:10 PM

lonesome charlie… what state are you in… be careful now.

MNDavenotPC on April 23, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Who’s paying for Ellison? Hamas.

coldwarrior on April 23, 2009 at 1:14 PM

I know Michigan has a high population of Muslims. What about the other states?

Oink on April 23, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Is Hot Air the TMZ of the right blogosphere?

Grow Fins on April 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Don’t know. Why don’t you go troll TMZ for a few decades and find out?

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 23, 2009 at 1:16 PM

How about the Turban Durbin of Minnesota?

viking01 on April 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM
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Alas, Viking, Dick(head) Durbin is from Illinois. Is it bad that I consider Roland Burris a better Senator?

Mew

acat on April 23, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Who’s paying for Ellison? Hamas.

coldwarrior on April 23, 2009 at 1:14 PM

And who is paying off Hamas? The US government.

18-1 on April 23, 2009 at 1:21 PM

I’ve been thinking about this Obama support for HAMAS. Given the fact HAMAS is openly genocidal both in its charter and recent public statements, shouldn’t anyone giving material or other support to HAMAS face charges of crimes against humanity, genocide to be exact? Something to think about in four or eight years when the Obama Administration’s chickens are coming home to roost.

Beagle on April 23, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I wonder how much of it is actually coming from Saudi Arabia and is being laundered by “islamic charities”, you know, the kind that CAIR keeps trying to shut down any investigations of…

wildcat84 on April 23, 2009 at 1:25 PM

I’ve been thinking about this Obama support for HAMAS. Given the fact HAMAS is openly genocidal both in its charter and recent public statements, shouldn’t anyone giving material or other support to HAMAS face charges of crimes against humanity, genocide to be exact? Something to think about in four or eight years when the Obama Administration’s chickens are coming home to roost.

Beagle on April 23, 2009 at 1:24 PM

A point Obama should be considering as he seeks to prosecute CIA agents for waterboarding/caterpillaring…

18-1 on April 23, 2009 at 1:31 PM

There is conspiracy to commit genocide in international law — a nice resume line for the outgoing Obama Adminstration.

It is a crime to plan or incite genocide, even before killing starts, and to aid or abet genocide: Criminal acts include conspiracy, direct and public incitement, attempts to commit genocide, and complicity in genocide.

Supporting HAMAS clearly implicates the 1948 Genocide Convention.

Beagle on April 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM

ED

Awhile back I posted a link about the ACLU opening an investigation on the State funded Madrassa you had covered previously. Any news on that?

Will Minnesota win out over Maine in attracting the Somali Pirate lad after he is feted in New York? Maine is on the coast and it would seem more like his natural environment than out in the center of the continent. But Minnesota does have Ellison and CAIR to help sweeten the offer. Think of the diversity points for having a teen aged Muslim pirate living right in your state!

[email protected] on April 23, 2009 at 1:34 PM

wildcat84 on April 23, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Bingo!!! You’ve hit the elephant in the living room.

This Saudi shell game goes back to the first OPEC oil crisis back in the 1970’s…when President Nixon in 1972 had the audacity to declare that the United States should be independent of Middle Eastern oil within 20 years.

It didn’t pan out, obviously, but that slight to the House of Saud reverberated throughout the Kingdom…and our support for Israel to the point of putting our entire armed forces to DEFCON 3, and certain elements to DEFCON 2, in 1973, in direct response to the ’73 Arab-Israeli war further convinced the most conservative elements within Saudi Arabia that we were not a friendly state.

Since the 1970’s, the Saudis have spent a lot of money, real money, across the world financing every sort of purist Islamic entity out there, and it continues today.

coldwarrior on April 23, 2009 at 1:35 PM

lonesome charlie… what state are you in… be careful now.

Right now, I’m in Colorado (which is slowly going nuts) but I was raised in Minnesota and ate my share of lutefisk (I still remember how every house stunk of it at Christmas). It took me 15 years in Alaska for my head to clear and I was finally thinking straight.

That stuff is dangerous.

lonesomecharlie on April 23, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Beagle on April 23, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Money quote that was posted on Dec. 20, 2008:

It is now or never – our politicians must stand bravely and openly declare that they are running to protect our threatened US Constitution. Sharia Law is a threat to our Constitution and Sharia finance should be eliminated as it is anti US Constitution and even illegal in most cases.

Could you imagine if a Communist or Social Party were dictating to the banks whom they could lend money to and whom they should not? All hell would break lose. Imagine if these parties were to say you can lend individuals loans for home buyers but not for vehicle purchases. No loans to investors or entrepreneurs or any capitalistic organizations. We would never allow the Communist Party to do this so why are we allowing the Muslim Party to do what we would not allow others?

racecar05 on April 23, 2009 at 1:38 PM

If he can’t do better in his very liberal district, it implies that Ellison may be too liberal even for them.

Has it been said yet? BWWWWWWWWWAHAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA!

MN-05 sees Ellison as TOO liberal? There is no such thing in that district; those people would elect Stalin if he dug himself from the grave and ran for office.

Bishop on April 23, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Is Keith Ellison the Chris Dodd of Minnesota?

Or how Al Qeada attained an insider’s view of the U.S. Congess.

Griz on April 23, 2009 at 2:10 PM

I also noticed that Grow Fins has used another liberal tactic. Post something that attacks the source and then move on and don’t reply to any posts that question you for facts.

Torch on April 23, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Curious…

Nothing wrong with out of state donations… but the pattern is curious.

Why exactly are so many out of state people donating to this obscure Congressman?

It’s something that says this needs further investigation- not proof of anything, but discrepancies like this should always get a closer look.

Sackett on April 23, 2009 at 2:18 PM

FTR, my allegations about HAMAS and the PA concerning genocide are very serious and documented thoroughly.

Confronting Hamas’ Genocidal Jew-Hatred

PA Leader calls for killing all Jews and Americans

MEMRI is filled with this stuff. From a few days ago:

On Hamas TV, Friday Sermon Cites ‘Protocols of Elders of Zion,’ Calls to Annihilate the Jews, Compares Jews To Dogs

Obama better be careful in assuming the lack of mainstream media coverage protects him from abetting genocide. The NYT didn’t cover Hitler’s camps when it was happening either.

Beagle on April 23, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Obama better be careful in assuming the lack of mainstream media coverage protects him from abetting genocide. The NYT didn’t cover Hitler’s camps when it was happening either.

Beagle on April 23, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Good point. The NYT also went out of their way to coverup Stalin’s genocide of the Ukrainians, for which they won a Pulitzer.

PimFortuynsGhost on April 23, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Hey, if Hamas can buy an American president, they can buy a congressman.

Maquis on April 23, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Is Keith Ellison the Chris Dodd of Minnesota?

Is there no end to the Democrats stink from corruption???

byteshredder on April 23, 2009 at 4:19 PM

There is a subtle issue with Ellison. He’s a muslim, but he supports gay marriage and so forth. He thus enables the leftist delusion that we can get along just fine with Islam. A muslim convert here in America can believe any weird thing they want and get called a “muslim”, while in truly Islamic areas people get murdered for deviancy from orthodoxy.
People like Ellison are just propaganda tools for Islam. If Ellison’s vision of Islam were successful, the Islam of the last 14 centuries would exert itself to murder Ellison and his ilk.

thuja on April 23, 2009 at 4:22 PM

I can’t believe it has taken Hot Air THIS LONG to turn a spotlight on this cockroach.
More please.

rishika on April 23, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Why criticize Ellison the fools in the 5th district overwhelmingly voted for him although all his short comings were known they didn’t care. They also voted overwhelmingly for Franken and probably more than once early and on election day.

rsl775 on April 23, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Hey – be careful – he’s not only a Democrat but the token official legislative Muslim.

He’s above reproach.

kybowexar on April 23, 2009 at 12:21 PM

He’s black too, that makes it a Tri-Fecta!

Tim Zank on April 23, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Folks just don’t want Dear Leader to feel so alone in D.C.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 23, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Following the link, more than half of Ellison’s 2009 donations are from Michigan. That would be DEARBORNISTAN, the U.S. capitol of Islamic supremacism.

Alec on April 24, 2009 at 2:17 PM

I am more interesting in who is donating, and whether any come from Jenin, PA, or the like.

davod on April 25, 2009 at 1:57 PM