The House DFL Caucus says it had a record fundraising year in 2011 for a non-election year, raising $860,691 in a report it will file with the state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board later today.
The caucus in a press release says it raised almost $200,000 more than it raised in the 2005 off year before Democrats regained the majority in the House. The caucus says it also grew its low-dollar donors with a total of 5,008 individuals giving to the caucus fund last year.
"We know the stakes are high for our state, so we will continue to build a strong grassroots effort between now and November," said Deputy Minority Leader Debra Hilstrom.
The party is trying to regain a majority in the House this November after Republicans gained control in the 2010 election. Year-end fundraising reports are due today, but they will not be posted on the state board's website until tomorrow morning.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."