Bachmann leads 2012 money chase
by Paul Demko
Published: July 17,2012
Time posted: 10:42 am
Tags: Al Franken, Allen Quist, Amy Klobuchar, Anthony Hernandez, Betty McCollum, Brian Barnes, Chip Cravaack, Chris Fields, Collin Peterson, Erik Paulsen, Jeff Anderson, Jim Graves, John Kline, Keith Ellison, Kurt Bills, Lee Byberg, Michele Bachmann, Mike Obermueller, Mike Parry, Rick Nolan, Tarryl Clark, Tim Walz
Minnesota House and Senate candidates took in more than $6 million during the second quarter of 2012, according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann raked in the biggest haul at $1.9 million. That’s more than six times the amount raised by DFL challenger Jim Graves in the Sixth Congressional District.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar took in $950,000 and has $5.5 million in the bank. GOP challenger state Rep. Kurt Bills raised $243,000, but finished the quarter with just $65,000 in the bank. That’s less than 2 percent of the cash on hand for Klobuchar.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who faces re-election in 2014, has raised $2.8 million so far this election cycle and finished the quarter with more than $900,000 in the bank.
Here’s a rundown of the rest of the number:
- CD 1: DFL incumbent Tim Walz raised $237,000 and has $808,000 cash on hand. Among the GOP challengers, Allen Quist reported $178,000 in contributions and $165,000 cash on hand, while Mike Parry raised $52,000 and has $30,000 in the bank. (Quist’s total includes a $170,000 contribution from the candidate, and just $8,000 in public donations.)
- CD 2: GOP incumbent John Kline raised $428,000 and has $1.3 million cash on hand, roughly four times as much as DFL challenger Mike Obermueller, who pulled in $220,000 and has
$325,000$214,000 in the bank.
- CD 3: GOP incumbent Erik Paulsen reported $454,000 in second quarter contributions with $1.6 million in the bank, dwarfing DFL opponent Brian Barnes‘ totals of $107,000 and $57,000.
- CD 4: This contest attracted less cash than any other Minnesota House race. DFL incumbent Betty McCollum reported $90,000 raised with $206,000 on hand, while challenger Anthony Hernandez received $17,000, and has only $5,000 in the bank.
- CD 5: DFL incumbent Keith Ellison took in $260,000 and reported $143,000 in the bank, while GOP challenger Chris Fields raised $40,000 and has $34,000 cash on hand.
- CD 6: Bachmann took in $1.9 million and is sitting on a war chest of $1.7 million. The Star Tribune points out that 80 percent of her money came from donors outside of Minnesota. Graves raised $263,000 and has just over $400,000 cash on hand. (The second quarter fundraising total for Graves includes a $150,000 loan from the candidate.)
- CD 7: DFL incumbent Collin Peterson raised $191,000 and has more than $800,000 in the bank. GOP challenger Lee Byberg, who is running for the second straight cycle, took in $113,000 and has $119,000 cash on hand. (Byberg’s campaign also reported debts of $117,000).
- CD 8: GOP incumbent Chip Cravaack raised $387,000 and has nearly $900,000 on hand. Tarryl Clark led the trio of DFL challengers, reporting $210,000 raised and $259,000 in the bank. DFL endorsee Nolan took in $128,000 and has $93,000 cash on hand, while Jeff Anderson reported raising $50,000 and $18,000 on hand.