Politics In Minnesota: GOP operatives form year-round political fund

Briana Bierschbach
Jan. 10, 2013

Longtime Republican political operatives Ben Golnik and Tom Erickson have started a new political fund with a year-round focus on economic issues.

The Minnesota Jobs Coalition was registered with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure board on Thursday. In a news release announcing the fund, Golnik said the PAC will work to represent “hard-working taxpayers” at the Capitol during session.

“With the legislative session only two days old, Minnesotans have already seen an avalanche of tax increase proposals. This group will fight to ensure that the interests of hard-working taxpayers are represented in Saint Paul,” Golnik wrote. “The Minnesota Jobs Coalition will engage Minnesotans around the state, encouraging them to let their voices be heard at the Capitol.”

Golnik previously served as executive director of the Republican Party of Minnesota. He has also worked on a handful of congressional campaigns and the successful GOP Senate campaigns of 2010. Erickson has worked with former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Norm Coleman and with national Republican causes.