Outside Money Buying Crystal Elections

November 1, 2018 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

by Jason Bradley

David Cummings is running in Section Two of Crystal against Olga Parsons on the same platform that Olga has been actually accomplishing as a member of the Crystal City Council. You can see an article we wrote on everything that Olga has accomplished here. Only one of David’s donations comes from a Crystal resident. Check out David’s campaign finance report. He received the maximum contribution allowed by law from both the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, which is not a labor union at all, but in fact a special PAC set up for Minneapolis activists to get their fingers into local government out in the suburbs. They also are pushing party politics into nonpartisan elections. David also received $300 from Education Minnesota Osseo. Why are activist organizations from Minneapolis and Osseo trying to get control of the Crystal City Council? He also received contributions from Maple Grove and Brooklyn, NY. We should be concerned that organizations are pouring a ton of money into a local race and local people are not. What Crystal really needs will get shelved for the agenda of out of town activists.

David Cummings Contributions 1


Therese Kiser (running against David Seffren) has no money at all coming in from Crystal residents. 100% of her campaign is funded by sources outside of Crystal. You can see her entire campaign finance report here. She got $600 (the full amount allowed by law) from the Minneapolis Labor Federation (the same activist PAC mentioned above). She has two related people from Iowa that contributed to her campaign, but what does that do for Crystal? Again, we have another candidate that represents special interests outside of Crystal, but wants to make the rules that you are supposed to live by.

Therese Kiser Contributions 1


Julia Hill (running against Brendan Banks) who is tied to both David and Therese (you can see portions of Therese’s and Julia’s signs at a Minneapolis Labor Federation event here), has either not been able to raise any money, or she has not filed a campaign finance report (we will post that if it changes). It may be because of her statements to threaten violence against children, or disparaging the local police. Where you find these three, former mayor ReNae Bowman is not far behind. Her husband (former ousted city council member) Joe Selton is on the board of the Minneapolis Labor Federation.

Crystal… do you really want to be “Little Minneapolis”? Elect these three and that’s exactly what you’re going to get: high debt, higher taxes, and less accountability. We’ve tried that and that’s why we made a change in the first place.


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