“Minnesota Democrats Exposed” Exposed

rotten fruit(Minnesota) Republicans find no fault in smear campaigns as long as it’s the DFL. They’ll throw out any kind of bullshit out there as long as they think their Dittohead readers will simply accept it as truth and accept it without question.

Enter Exhibit A… Michael B Brodkorb over at “Minnesota Democrats Exposed” has just blogged an entry making a few dubious claims. Brodkorb says that US Senator-hopeful Al Franken has spent more money than Senate Republican-Incumbent Norm (a.ka. the Bush puppet) Coleman.

Brodkorb jumps in at it too:

According to press releases and published reports, U.S. Senator Norm Coleman’s campaign has a 2 to 1 cash on hand advantage over Al Franken’s campaign. Franken ended the year with just over $3 million in the bank, while Coleman has over $6 million.

Franken has spent almost 60% of what his campaign has raised. Franken’s “burn-rate” (how much money he is spending compared to what he is raising) continues to be really high. Franken’s running a very expensive campaign.

You can’t buy tv ads or field staffers with a list of prospective donors. These things need to be paid for with cold, hard cash. I’m hearing from some Democrats that concerns are growing that Team Franken’s spending habits might not be sustainable.

Wow! Those are some damned strong accusations, aren’t they?! Did you check out that last sentence? He say he’s hearing some some Dems that they’re raising concerns that Team Franken’s spending habits might be worse than Lindsey Lohan’s cocaine habit.

al frankenWhy, Brodkorb here implies that he might just make millions of dollars shooting and producing an “Al Fraken Spending Gone Wild” video!

There’s only one problem with this in that he documents nothing. …Absolutely nothing! He doesn’t cite one source to support his allegation(s). You’re just supposed to accept it as fact.

…and so let’s keep the fact for what it really is; Al Franken has raised more money, and has spent more than his incumbent-rival Senator Norm Coleman. That’s okay, because I swam all over the Internet looking for anything where a Republican campaign outspent a Democrat’s campaign. And I ended up back where I started.

Blue Man in a Red District points out that Brodkorb cheered the fact:

A week ago Brodkorb was pimping the fact that (R) Ray Cox had raised nearly $40,000 while Dahle (DFL) lagged behind at about $10,000.

In the end, Cox spent over $29,000 in the race, compared to about $12,000 for Dahle, and got beat by 13 points.

What?!? Mikey B, say it isn’t so! Are you saying that you’re a stinking hypocrite? When a Republican state senator spends 75% of of his campaign funds – that’s great news! But if a DFL US Senator spends an alleged 60% of his cash, that creates …what was that?! “…concerns are growing that Team Franken’s spending habits might not be sustainable.”

liarI truly think he’s lying that any Democrats have raised any concern about Al Franken’s spending. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that Micheal B. Brodkorb is flat-out lying about the subject. (Since he doesn’t bother to cite his work, he’ll have to simply accept the allegation until he can produce anything to support his claim.)

For the record (only because Brodkorb is far too lazy to look it up and document his work), KARE-11 filed this today:

For the third straight reporting period, DFL candidate Al Franken has out-raised Sen. Norm Coleman.

Franken says he raised nearly $1.9 million in the last quarter of 2007, while Coleman reports raising $1.7 million.

But Coleman was able to widen his cash-on-hand advantage over Franken. Coleman finished the year with about $6 million, compared to just under $3.1 million for Franken, a comedian-turned-politician.

For the year, Franken raised around $7 million, while Coleman raised $6.6 million.

KARE-11 adds on caveat that compounds the equation Brodkorb certainly doesn’t want you to consider:

Franken is battling Democrat Mike Ciresi and others for the right to take on Coleman, a Minnesota Republican. Ciresi did not immediately release his latest campaign figures.

With all of the cash raising by the entire DFL team, including Mike Ciresi, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, and Jim Cohen all totaled up: Norm Coleman has accomplished little. Well, except for being a good puppy for King George. I guess in that light; Norm’s been a huge beacon of hope for the Dittoheads.

While Al Franken’s team is proudly explaining that not only have they raised more money than Coleman, it was money that came from American citizens:

A couple hours after we sent out the email below, Norm Coleman announced his own fund raising numbers. Turns out, we out raised him yet again! And we did it without

taking a dime from the Big Oil, Big Insurance, and Big Pharmaceutical PACs he relies on – we did it with you, and 81,414 other Americans who want to see change in Washington.

Lucky Mr. Brodkorb. My college professor’s never let me get away with drawing conclusions and stating facts without citing my sources. Drawing double-standards and promoting hypocrisy in my material would have me kicked out of the damned class.

muffin headNow with all of that set aside, this is what I found the funniest part of researching this blog entry. Brodkorb’s entry where he’s bragging it up about Ray Cox (R-SD25) raises almost four times what his competitor Kevin Dahle (DFL) raised for that special election. Read the blog entry – and then cruise on down to the comments section to all of Brodkorb’s muffin-headed geeks and read what they have to say about the (upcoming) election. Keep in mind that it was all written 12/31/07 and the election was held 1/3/08, so nobody knows the results…yet. They’re all excited about Brodkorb’s entry that Dahle is obviously a loser for not raising nearly the amount of cash that Ray Cox has raised. And so they leave their comments like:

  1. In the Know Says:
    December 31st, 2007 at 4:53 pm Typical DFLer – spend more than you have. The DFL can give up to $5,000 total in this race – why did they only give $3,000?

..and this guy’s comment:

  1. flyer Says:
    January 1st, 2008 at 9:44 pm This is non-news. The DFL is going to lose this election and then know it. Their lackluster effort shows it all.

That one made me laugh. “Yes Michael B. Brodkorb! You’re delight in the money-raising isn’t news! The DFL and it’s lackluster effort shows it all!!”

..and this one:

  1. W.James Says:
    January 1st, 2008 at 2:33 pm I suppose Dahle just expected the unions to take care of things…. he is selected union candidate so why hide who is actually running the elction by raising his own money? His name on the ballot should be Kevin “union hack” Dahle. He has not even bothered to campaign in any part of the district but Northfield and is relying on the unions and students from out of state to get out the vote.

Let’s not tell these guys that it was their candidate who lost that election. Let’s just let them slather themselves in arrogance and a nice warm milk bath. It’s that same cocky attitude that lost thatFruitFly 6 election on the 3rd and it’s the same attitude that’ll lose even bigger come this November.

But let’s not tell them… Okay? Let’s all take an oath and nobody tell Brodkorb’s idiot fan club that Dahle won…and they wasted their money sinking it into Cox. Shhhh!!!

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