“In 2018 Democratic Congressman Dean Phillips pledged not to finance his own campaign and then spent $1.3 million to buy himself a seat in the US House of Representatives. Since that election, Rep. Phillips has told voters he’s intent on getting big money out of politics and refused to take PAC money.  However, Phillips is a big money donor himself and has taken money from PAC’s.

“Dean Phillips can self-fund his political ambitions and take money from PACs if he wants to, but he should at least be honest about it with the people in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District.  Maple Grove, Edina, Eden Prairie and Plymouth moms don’t like it when politicians are disingenuous.”

WHAT DEAN PHILLIPS SAYS ABOUT MONEY IN POLITICS:
2020: “We have legalized corruption in our country through our laws and through our acceptance of a campaign finance system…”
2019: …”the corrupting influence of money in politics.”

WHAT DEAN PHILLIPS DOES ABOUT MONEY IN POLITICS:
2008: Dean gave $30,800 to the Obama Victory Fund PAC
2012: Dean gave over $80,000 to the Obama Victory Fund PAC
2012: Dean’s brother and business partner Tyler gave $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund PAC
2011-2012: Dean “bundled” $320,000 for Obama
2015: Dean hosted a high dollar fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at is Wayzata home
2016: Dean gave $62,500 to the Hillary Victory Fund PAC – machine that pushes legal boundaries”
2016: Dean’s brother and business partner Tyler gave $60,000 to the Hilary Victory Fund PAC
2016: Dean gave $33,400 to the DSCC
2016: Dean gave $10,000 to the DFL
2020: Dean’s brother Tyler is the largest donor to the DFL giving $105,000, so far

WHAT DEAN SAYS ABOUT FINANCING HIS OWN CAMPAIGN:
2018: Dean “pledges” to “refrain from self-financing” his campaign for Congress

WHAT DEAN DOES ABOUT FINANCING HOW OWN CAMPAIGN:
2018: Dean gave $1.3 million of his own to campaign for Congress

WHAT DEAN SAYS ABOUT PAC MONEY:
2019: “…the corrupting influence of PACs…”
2020: “…you won’t find any PAC money in our campaign.”

WHAT DEAN DOES ABOUT PAC MONEY:
2019-2020: Dean accepted over $100,000 of PAC money
2019: Dean accepted $48,016.87 from the Problem Solvers Heroes PAC
2019: Dean’s own PAC, Phillips Victory 2020, gave $33,700 to the DFL
2019: Dean’s own PAC, Phillips Victory 2020, gave his own campaign $17,500

2020: Dean accepted $26,580 from the Problem Solvers Heroes PAC