Republican mega-donor Stanley Hubbard is solidifying his support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Dahlberg.

On Thursday, Dahlberg's campaign announced that Hubbard would chair the finance committee for the St. Louis County commissioner's campaign.

Hubbard, who is one of larger political donors in Minnesota, has promoted Dahlberg's candidacy since last summer.  The Hubbard Broadcasting CEO, his firm and his family give mightily but not exclusively to Republican candidates and causes.

The announcement that Hubbard will chair Dahlberg's finance committee may give Dahlberg a needed boost. Republican candidate Mike McFadden has picked up support -- and donations -- from a panoply of well known GOP names and candidate Julianne Ortman last week won a straw poll at conducted at Republican caucuses. 

Dahlberg's campaign also said Erik Leist, a frequent public critic of other campaigns' social media attempts,  had joined the campaign's media team.

The U.S. Senate campaign is not the only one to bulk up staffing now that the 2014 election year is in full swing. Among others:

  • Last month, Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken added Alexandra Fetissoff, who had been in Franken's official office, as his campaign's communications director.
  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Kurt Zellers added Zander Abrams, a political activist and son of longtime state representative now Judge Ron Abrams, as his political director.
  • DFL Gov. Mark Dayton hired Jeremy Drucker as campaign communications director. Drucker, the Dayton campaign's fourth staffer, has worked in communications for both the state of Minnesota and DFL campaigns.

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