WASHINGTON - A few more campaign finance filings have trickled in. In the 3rd District, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen brought in $454,647 in the three months ending on June 30th. That brings his total fundraising this cycle to nearly $2.2 million, the most of any congressional candidate in Minnesota except Michele Bachmann, who's in a different fundraising league of her own.
Paulsen's campaign has $1,586,604 cash on hand, nearly $300,000 more than last quarter. The second term Congressman has been a very prolific fundraiser, especially since getting a seat on the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee in 2011. Paulsen's DFL opponent, Brian Barnes, has not yet filed his fundraising paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. The deadline to file is midnight Eastern Time Sunday.
In the 4th District, veteran DFL U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum raised $90,401, on par with her past fundraising totals. She has $206,474 in the bank for her re-election. McCollum's Republican challenger, Anthony Hernandez also filed his fundraising report with the FEC. Hernandez brought in $16,680 and has $5,026 cash on hand as of June 30th.
First Congressional District Rep. Tim Walz has raised $234,855 in the second quarter of the year, according to a campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission Sunday.
That brings the three-term Democrat's total fundraising for this election cycle to $1,466,453.
Walz reports having $808,644 in the bank and no debt.
A big chunk of Walz's cash came from political action committees or "PACs" as they are commonly called. All told, these organizations, including the American Sugar Cane League of USA PAC, the Delta Airlines PAC, and a variety of labor, energy and health care fundraising committees, gave Walz $102,000 this quarter. That brings the amount of cash Walz has raised this election from specific groups to $577,925.
Walz's potential opponent Allen Quist has raised $178,230 this quarter, much of it coming from his own pockets.
Minnesota Sen. Mike Parry, the other Republican vying to take on Walz this fall, has yet to report his finances for April, May and June.
WASHINGTON - The remaining candidates for U.S. House seats this fall have filed their fundraising paperwork for the second quarter with the Federal Election Commission hours before a midnight deadline. The reporting period covers all donations between April 1 and June 30.
In the 8th Congressional District, former Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan reported raising $127,721 for his primary bid to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack. Since entering the race, Nolan has brought in $330,0037. Nolan's campaign bank account has $93,435 cash on hand. Political action committees, including PACs affiliated with U.S. Sens. Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, were responsible for $37,184 of those donations. His campaign also touts the statistic that 91 percent of its contributions come from within Minnesota, a likely dig at Cravaack, whose family now lives in New Hampshire and at fellow DFL candidate Tarryl Clark, who has access to national Democratic fundraising circles such as EMILY's List thanks to her previous campaign against Michele Bachmann.
Jeff Anderson, the other DFL candidate hoping to take on Cravaack, raised $50,095 and has $18,352 cash in the bank. Including this quarter, his campaign has raised a total of $164,327. None of Anderson's fundraising haul came from PACs.
In the 3rd District, DFL challenger Brian Barnes brought in $107,012 for his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen. Barnes has $56,552 in the bank. PACs, including Al Franken's PAC and several union PACs, donated $10,000 his campaign.
Republican Mike Parry raised $51,961 for his campaign to take the 1st District away from incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Tim Walz. Parry has $30,608 in the bank. No political action committees contributed to his campaign.(1 Comments)
Posted at 10:35 PM on July 15, 2012
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The Minnesota Republican Party and former MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton were fined over the independent fund that was created for the 2010 recount. The move means the state party has to pay nearly $600k in debts and Sutton could face criminal charges.
The investigation also found that Bob Cummins, who has given millions to GOP causes, was the only person who contributed to Emmer's recount fund.
Under the Dome
Gov. Dayton released his personal tax returns and his fundraising report.
The Obama Administration proposed waivers to the Welfare-to-Work law.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson prevented the unraveling of the Farm Bill deal.
The PoliGraph says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's health care claims are misleading.
Politicians like GOP Rep. John Kline enter the Lakeville rail car fray.
Constitutional Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage
Thomson Reuters announced that it does not support the amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
Race for Congress
The fundraising reports have all been filed.
GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack raised $393k in the 2nd Quarter. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson raised $191k. (More info here)
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen raised $454k in the quarter. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum raised $90k (More info here).
DFL Rep. Tim Walz raised $235k in the 2nd Quarter.
In Minnesota's 5th District, DFL Rep. Keith Ellison raised $260k. Ellison's GOP challenger, Chris Fields, raised $33k.
Here's a list of the fundraising by Democrats Rick Nolan and Jeff Anderson (Minnesota's 8th), Democrat Brian Barnes (Minnesota's 3rd) and Republican Mike Parry (Minnesota's 1st).
Contenders in the 1st and 7th Districts also filed their reports.
The Star Tribune has a profile of Rick Nolan, the DFL endorsed candidate in Minnesota's 8th District.
Race for U.S. Senate
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar has $5.5 million in the bank heading into the November election. Her Republican challenger, Kurt Bills, has $64k in the bank.
Race for President
Mitt Romney and President Obama are squaring off over Romney's record at Bain Capital. Romney's campaign staffers are calling on President Obama to apologize for questioning Romney's record at Bain Capital.
Romney rushed to do several TV interviews on Friday with the hopes of changing the story line on his record at the company and why he won't release his tax returns.
Romney's campaign shouldn't expect an apology judging from this ad released by the Obama campaign over the weekend.
The Romney campaign countered with an ad titled "Whatever happened to hope and change?"
Democrats are also making hay out of the fact that Romney adviser Ed Gillespie said Romney "retroactively" left his position at Bain Capital.
Conservative columnist Bill Kristol says "It's crazy" Romney isn't releasing his tax returns.
Romney's team is trying to turn the page by focusing on President Obama's "political payoffs."
It looks like Ron Paul won't have his name placed in nomination at the RNC. He failed to win a plurality in at least five states.
Sarah Palin also hasn't received an invite to the convention.
Pawlenty for VP Watch
The New York Times writes on Tim Pawlenty's chances.