Minnesota Republican PAC accused of misleading rich donors, misusing their money
October 10, 2023
A conservative political action committee in Minnesota funded by some of the state's richest residents is accused of misleading its donors and misusing their money.
Right Now Minnesota, a state PAC established in 2017 to purportedly help elect Republicans, reported spending zero dollars on behalf of candidates last year. Instead, the PAC claims to have spent almost all the money it took in on "internet access and web hosting," according to its campaign finance reports.
The PAC paid $319,000 of its roughly $346,000 in total spending for the year to an unknown and largely untraceable business called 1854 Inc. for the internet and web services. Such services are typically inexpensive; a GOP state Senate candidate reported paying about $600 for internet access and web hosting last year, and the Minnesota DFL reported paying roughly $30-140 a month for webhosting.