Executive Summary I t’s a great time to be a Republican! Here at home we captured a new majority in the Minnesota House, gaining 11 seats and ending total Democrat control. Nationally, Republicans added 13 more seats in the US House to create a historic majority and re-took the US Senate, gaining 9 seats. These are significant accomplishments that Republicans across the Country and here in Minnesota will build from as we fight for Growth and Opportunity for all. Your State Party continued to improve in 2014 both operationally and financially. We were able to support our endorsed candidates through the Primary and with a statewide victory program, while simultaneously meeting our financial obligations and paying down debt. Our turnaround is over. The comeback has begun. With a new majority in the State House and a stable State Party we can look to the future with confidence. Thank you for everything you do to help our Party and our candidates. But especially, thank you for your abiding belief in the shared ideals that make our Country great and that make the Republican Party the Party of Growth and Opportunity! Sincerely, Keith Downey, Chairman Republican Party of Minnesota 1 www.mngop.com • 2014 Annual Report Republicans win house majority T wo years of total Democrat control in Saint Paul are over, now that Republicans have retaken the MN House. Republicans protected all incumbents and open districts and flipped 11 seats that were held by Democrats. Speaker Kurt Daudt will preside over the new majority, pledging to put Minnesotans first and to “… work on solving the problems that Minnesotans care about.” Congratulations to our new Speaker and to our incoming Republican Majority! Speaker Kurt Daudt Minnesota Congressional victories send three to Washington J ohn Kline and Erik Paulsen are returning to Congress thanks to voters in the 2nd and 3rd districts. Tom Emmer prevailed in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional district, replacing the retiring Michele Bachmann. These terrific Minnesotans are superb fits for their districts and we are proud to send them back to Washington to carry our wishes for smaller government and more freedom. Minnesota voters also served notice in close elections in the 1st, 7th, and 8th congressional districts that these areas are trending Republican as well! Representative John Kline 2nd Congressional District Representative Erik Paulsen 3rd Congressional DiIstrict Representative Tom Emmer 6th Congressional District 2 www.mngop.com • 2014 Annual Report Making Progress T hese maps from the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State show the improvement in Republican performance in 2014 compared to earlier elections. The quality of our candidates, our Party’s ability to back them, and the mounting evidence that Democrat ideas are failing will continue to help to propel Minnesota’s trending toward red. US SENATE MN HOUSE By County By House District 2012 2014 2012 2014 Darkest red indicates strongest GOP victory MN GOVERNOR US HOUSE By County By Precinct 2010 2014 2012 3 www.mngop.com • 2014 Annual Report 2014 Financial position continues to improve Revenue 2014 was another good year for your State Party with total revenue rising to $5.9 Million with a healthy balance of small and large individual donations and transfers. The number of active donors grew by 54% as compared to 18 months ago. Balanced Individual Contributions $ MILLIONS Total Revenue 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 $1,499 and below $1500 and above 2011 2012 2013 2014 $2.5 Million $3.3 Million $2.5 Million $5.9 Million Long Term Debt Debt $2,500,000 The State Party’s structured long-term debt obligation entering 2015 is approximately $850,000 remaining from the original $2,250,000 from three years ago. $2,000,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 Cost Structure $0 Our monthly payment on long term debt is down to $25,000 from $35,000 eighteen months ago. It will drop to $15,000 per month in April, 2015 and continue to trend downward from there. Our office relocation, staff restructuring, and savings in the areas of technology and fundraising have allowed us to further reduce operating expenses, for a total average monthly reduction of over $50,000. In 2015 this will result in an annual savings of over $600,000 as compared to 2013. 2012 2015 Monthly Cost Reduction $0 – $10,000 – $20,000 – $30,000 – $40,000 – $50,000 Rent Staffing Fundraising IT Debt Service – $60,000 4 www.mngop.com • 2014 Annual Report Republicans launch Solution Center to champion the ideas of Growth and Opportunity M innesotans deserve more than they are getting from state government. The MNGOP Solution Center will advance ideas that work and solve real problems faced by Minnesotans. There are many excellent ideas being generated by Republican legislators and conservative groups and organizations, but until now there has been no coordinated effort to communicate those ideas directly to Minnesota. In 2014 the State Party launched the Solution Center (mngop.com/our-party/solution-center/), developing 12 Causes that Republicans of all stripes can get behind. Each cause has a description, a framework describing Republican solutions that will encourage Growth and Opportunity for all, specific proposed legislation that can deliver these results for the people of our State, as well as other resources for conservatives and for the public. Minnesota is tired of the false compassion of ideas that don’t work. Republicans are the Party of the people and it’s time to show that to Minnesotans. GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY PARTY We Care. Our Ideas Work. We will lead. 5 www.mngop.com • 2014 Annual Report Solution Center Causes 6 www.mngop.com • 2014 Annual Report @mngop fb.com/mngop www. mngop.com Prepared and paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
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