The State Treasurer has released his correspondence with Mona in the lead up to the federal election.
Peter Gutwein told David Walsh in April he'd support a push for federal funding for the group's new exhibition centre and hotel - in an optimistic letter to the entrepreneur.
That's despite Mr Gutwein's federal Liberal colleagues running a brutal campaign against Labor's promise of $50 million to Mona.
Senator Richard Colbeck was among a chorus of Liberals describing the money as a "gift" and labelling Labor a party "only for the south", after it also promised money towards an AFL team, which the Government said would be Hobart-based.
Dividing Tasmania's north and south proved a successful election strategy from the Coalition, taking back 2 seats from the Opposition in Braddon and Bass.