Posted at 6:52 AM on October 25, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The polls for governor show the race tightening between Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer. And that has forced the IP's Tom Horner to go on the attack.
Gov. Pawlenty will hold campaign rallies in Eagan and Rochester today for Republican Tom Emmer. At an event in St. Louis Park yesterday, Pawlenty said his legacy is in threat if Democrat Mark Dayton wins.
At an event in Woodbury, Emmer went after Dayton's personal background saying he isn't what the state needs right now.
Tom Horner went on offense in the latest debate. At last night's KSTP-TV debate, the IP candidate criticized Republican Tom Emmer of not listening and Democrat Mark Dayton for not being a leader. Horner told reporters after the debate that many Minnesotans were voting out of fear.
The three candidates also discussed education policy at the debate.
MPR takes a look at where the candidates differ on tax policy.
The Pi Press takes a look at how the candidates would balance the state's budget.
Here's the audio from Friday's Rochester debate.
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura is backing Horner.
The PoliGraph says Dayton's property tax claims add up.
Race for Congress
The 4th District and 5th District candidates will appear on MPR's Midday today at 11am.
Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for Democrat Tarryl Clark on Sunday night.
MPR profiles GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.
The Star Tribune endorses Clark.
Former GOP Gov. Arne Carlson backs DFL Rep. Tim Walz's campaign in Minnesota's 1st District.
The Duluth News Tribune backed Republican Chip Cravaack's campaign over DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar.
Oberstar released an ad ripping Cravaack.
Here's the audio from Friday night's 8th District debate from Grand Rapids.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says the federal health care law must move forward.
The Strib endorses GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen's reelection.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Conservative columnist George Will praised Pawlenty in his latest column.
Gov. Pawlenty used YouTube to welcome President Obama back to Minnesota.
DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton has postponed several campaign appearances today due to illness.
A campaign spokeswoman says Dayton has laryngitis. He was scheduled to tour a solar energy company in Bloomington and an organic dairy farm near Altura. Dayton also had a fundraiser tonight in Rochester.
Dayton is expected to be back in action Tuesday for some media interviews and the next gubernatorial debate in Mankato.
Results of a new St. Cloud State University survey show DFL Mark Dayton with a 10 percentage point lead in the race for governor.
Dayton had the support of 40 percent of likely voters, followed by Republican Tom Emmer at 30 percent and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner at 19 percent. Five percent were undecided.
The statewide survey interviewed 628 Minnesotans between October 10 to October 21. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Gov. Pawlenty is scheduled to make campaign stops in Texas, New Mexico, Georgia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota and Iowa in the final week of the campaign.
Pawlenty will be campaigning mostly on behalf of the Republican candidates for governor. Some of the events are closed fundraisers (Texas and Louisiana ). Other events are rallies for candidates (NM, OH, PA, IA).
Pawlenty, who campaigned for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer over the past two days, will attend a rally for Emmer on Saturday in Blaine. He will also spend the Monday before Election Day campaigning for Emmer.
Posted at 5:37 PM on October 25, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Campaign 2010
Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for governor reports raising $2.8 million. Emmer's campaign said in a news release that Emmer $2.58 million in 2010. He reports having $461,152 left in the bank when the books were closed on October 19th. The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board are scheduled to release the reports tomorrow at 8AM. Here's the full release from Emmer's campaign:
The Tom Emmer for Governor Campaign today released the summary of the Pre-General Election Finance Report. The campaign has brought in a total of
$2.8 millionthis campaign, more than $1.7 million since the July report.
"Over the last sixteen months Tom Emmer has worked tirelessly to connect with Minnesotans from throughout this great state as he's campaigned for governor," said Cullen Sheehan. "He has spread a vision of government living within its means and spurring economic growth to put Minnesotans back to work. These fundraising totals affirm that his vision for Minnesota is one that resonates."
The fundraising total includes over $2 million from individual contributors in 2010. The campaign has collected $2.69 million in 2010 and $114,802 in 2009. The report will show
$461,152cash on hand.
Update: The Emmer campaign misreported the campaign finance figures by $108,000 to their advantage. Emmer campaign spokesman Carl Kuhl says there was a software glitch that prompted the computer to consider $108,000 as a receipt instead of a transfer.
The up to date numbers are:
total raised $2.589 million
Cash on Hand is $352,723.
The Center for Responsive Politics took a look at the 2012 GOP hopefuls and how they're spending money raised through their federal Political Action Committees. The group found that Gov. Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC gave $85,100 to 36 federal candidates. The PAC spent $134,239 on travel, $10,666 on media expenses and another $375,000 on campaign expenses.
The analysis found that Pawlenty was the fifth highest contributor to federal candidates through October 13th. Pawlenty gave $85,100 to federal candidates through that time period. Mitt Romney, John Thune, Sarah Palin and Mike Pence gave more. One side note is that Pawlenty reported having more than $500,000 left in the bank to spend which means he could give a lot more through Election Day.
Here are the toplines:
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Associated PAC: Freedom First PAC
Total receipts: $3.14 million
Amount donated to federal-level candidates: $85,100
Total federal-level candidates receiving donations: 36
Media expenses: $10,666
Campaign Expenses: $375,000
You can read the full analysis here.