The two Senate campaigns in Minnesota -- if they can be called campaigns almost five months after the election -- may very well have struck gold all over again, thanks to a new FEC advisory opinion from yesterday.
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The opinion will allow donors who want to help Franken and Coleman to donate up to $30,400 to special recount funds -- even if they'd already maxed out to the regular party committees or to Franken and Coleman's regular campaign funds.
So if Norm Coleman or Al Franken suddenly needed a half-million dollars, for example, all it would take is less than 20 super-wealthy individuals, willing to max out for the cause -- not too shabby.
Professor David Schultz of Hamline University explained to TPM that this can allow Coleman to take in amounts of money he simply couldn't get before. "If the ruling had gone the other way he would have had to go out and find a bunch of new donors," Schultz explained. "With this ruling, he at least the opportunity to go back and tap his previous donors."