Gubernatorial primary candidate spending way down compared to 2010
August 11, 2014 — 3:55pm
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Glenn Howatt
In the lackluster Republican primary this year, the four GOP gubernatorial candidates' spending is down, way down, compared to the three DFL gubernatorial candidates who vied in a 2010 primary.
The four -- Rep. Kurt Zellers, businessman Scott Honour, former Rep. Marty Seifert and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson -- have raised 64 percent less than the three DFLers did four years ago, according to a Star Tribune analysis.
The Republican quartet has spent 71 percent less than DFLers Mark Dayton, House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and former Rep. Matt Entenza did in 2010.
Republican candidates and their campaigns have said that many would-be Republican donors are waiting to see who emerges from Tuesday's primary before donating.
Unlike this year, the DFL race featured two candidates who were willing to spend vast amounts of their personal wealth to win the primary.
By this point four years ago, Dayton, who won the primary, had sunk more than $3.3 million into his campaign. Entenza, who is now running for state auditor, had invested almost $3.6 million into his gubernatorial run.
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Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.