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Published December 30, 2009, 12:30 PM

Minnesota's 2008 Senate Race Most Expensive in Nation

The Federal Election Commission says Minnesota's Senate race in 2008 was the most expensive in the nation.

The Federal Election Commission says Minnesota's Senate race in 2008 was the most expensive in the nation.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken raised $22.5 million for his campaign. The FEC said Tuesday that was more than any other congressional candidate raised.

His opponent, Republican Norm Coleman, was second with $19.3 million.

Their figures were higher in part because of a re-count and six-month court contest. The two continued to raise money long after the Nov. 4 election. The two combined to spend almost $15 million on their post-election fight and court case.

Their campaign funds dwarfed those of the Independence Party's Dean Barkley. He raised $163,000.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the figures don't include spending by outside groups.

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