Court Ruling Changes Election Funding

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling today could lead to a change in Minnesota elections.

The high court ruled 5-4 that corporations and special interest groups no longer must abide by contribution limits.

State Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, said he is concerned that the decision would give businesses and special interests too much power and will introduce legislation to reduce that influence.

“This decision will give corporations and special interest groups unfettered power to influence the outcomes of elections in Minnesota,” Winkler said. “It will fundamentally erode the integrity of our electoral system and silence the voices of individual voters. Immediate steps must be taken in Minnesota to level the playing field and restore balance to our campaign finance laws.”

Winkler’s bill would increase information that donors and candidates must make public.