A report by Take Action MN reveals that the financial interests behind the efforts to insert the Amendment to Restrict Voting Rights into the MN Constitution are the three largest banks in MN: Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, and TCF. Dan McGrath, Executive Director of TAMN stated that this Amendment will make it more difficult, if not impossible, for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans to vote. "This is a very insidious Amendment which will rewrite the rules to benefit the 1%."
These banks financially backed the 2010 takeover of the House and Senate by Republicans. They spent almost a half million dollars to elect 25 new members to the legislature. They put members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), who are leading the attack on the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, in key positions of leadership. The money that banks spent dwarfed the amounts candidates themselves raised for their campaigns. McGrath concluded, "Photo ID is an attempt to fundamentally change the rules of democracy to benefit the wealthiest and most powerful." Watch the press release video.