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Minn. GOP operative sets campaign group in motion

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 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a new player among outside groups seeking to shape Minnesota elections.

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A veteran GOP operative, Andy Parrish, launched the new political fund, according to records kept by Minnesota campaign finance regulators. His formation of A Stronger Minnesota enables unlimited fundraising and spending on behalf of Republican hopefuls as long as the help isn't coordinated with candidates.

Independent campaign groups have taken on a larger role in state and federal races in recent years.

A Stronger Minnesota is being fashioned as a response to the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, a well-funded group formed to aid Democratic candidates and causes.

Parrish also has a lead role in the campaign to write a gay-marriage ban into Minnesota's constitution. He was previously a top adviser to Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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