Former GOP Senate candidate launches PAC

An Army veteran who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican U.S. Senate endorsement earlier this year has launched a political action committee designed to help Republicans win seats in the Minnesota Legislature.

Pete Hegseth, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, calls the effort MinnesotaPAC. He said the mission is to “mobilize Minnesota conservatives to win elections.”

Hegseth says the PAC will focus on using small donor money to organize volunteer efforts to get out the vote for Republican candidates rather than focusing on TV ads and direct-mail pieces. The new PAC will also target giving to certain candidates with so-called “Money-bomb Mondays.”

Hegseth said his new PAC will work on behalf of Republicans in 12 state House and Senate races it has determined are competitive.

In May Hegseth lost the GOP U.S. Senate endorsement to state Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount.

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