Pawlenty, Walz lead money race two months before primaries

Though neither was endorsed at their party's nominating conventions, Republican candidate Tim Pawlenty and DFL candidate Tim Walz have raised significantly more campaign cash than their closest rivals as both head toward contested primaries in August, according to campaign finance reports filed June 15.

The reports include only money raised and spent through May 31 — several days before Republicans endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and the DFL endorsed state Rep. Erin Murphy at their respective conventions. Attorney General Lori Swanson, who launched her bid for governor earlier this month, is also not included in the reports.

Figures below include filings starting Jan. 1, 2017 and ending May 31, 2018. Reports for some candidates who dropped out or withdrew from the ballot had not yet been released Friday morning.

The next filing deadline is July 30.

Pawlenty, Walz have the most cash

June 15, 2018

Key: Dropped out

Cash on hand
Tim Pawlenty $1,260,128
Tim Walz $685,181
Jeff Johnson $186,015
Rebecca Otto $149,152
Erin Murphy $85,870
Mary Giuliani Stephens $77,216
Keith Downey $38,569
Matt Dean $24,170
Tina Liebling $10,598
Chris Coleman $8,400
Lance Johnson $4,352
Phillip Parrish $2,563
Chris Wright $894
Ole Savior $500
Paul Thissen $50
David Osmek $2

Millions raised before contested primaries

June 15, 2018

Key: Dropped out

Total raised
Tim Walz $2,003,537
Tim Pawlenty $1,696,760
Erin Murphy $636,328
Rebecca Otto $625,000
Chris Coleman $602,238
Jeff Johnson $431,622
Paul Thissen $319,204
Keith Downey $159,334
Matt Dean $118,711
Tina Liebling $101,144
Mary Giuliani Stephens $71,150
David Osmek $17,600
Lance Johnson $14,584
Phillip Parrish $3,376
Ole Savior $3,050
Chris Wright $1,674

Democrats lead campaign spending

June 15, 2018

Key: Dropped out

Total spent
Tim Walz $1,318,371
Erin Murphy $671,562
Chris Coleman $498,540
Rebecca Otto $497,498
Tim Pawlenty $436,633
Paul Thissen $319,889
Jeff Johnson $274,805
Keith Downey $154,262
Matt Dean $94,541
Tina Liebling $80,170
Mary Giuliani Stephens $31,422
David Osmek $17,598
Lance Johnson $12,877
Ole Savior $3,050
Phillip Parrish $2,483
Chris Wright $817

Note: Fundraising and spending totals reflect money raised and spent in 2017 and 2018. Candidates who raised less than $1,000 during this cycle or did not have active campaigns in 2018 are not included.

Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance Board

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