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U.S. House and Senate fundraising figures

Posted by: Corey Mitchell under 1st District, 2nd District, 3rd District, 4th District, 5th District, 6th District, 7th District, 8th District, Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota congressional, Democrats, Republicans Updated: April 15, 2014 - 5:11 PM

Here’s a look at what U.S. House and Senate candidates raised during the first fundraising quarter of 2014 and how much cash on hand their campaigns had at the end of March.

Some candidates had not filed their reports as of 5 p.m. central standard time.

Candidate name

District

Party

 Q1 Fundraising

 Cash on Hand

Aaron Miller

First

Republican

 $47,500

 $43,164

Tim Walz, incumbent

First

Democrat

 $195,000

 $411,216

John Kline, incumbent

Second

Republican

 $270,817

 $1,660,000

Thomas Craft

Second

Democrat

   

Mike Obermueller

Second

Democrat

 $81,148

 $238,211

Paula Overby

Second

Democrat

   

Erik Paulsen, incumbent

Third

Republican

 $431,763

 $1,979,136

Sharon Sund

Third

Democrat

 $33,578

 $28,835

Betty McCollum, incumbent

Fourth

Democrat

 $144,652

 $214,079

Keith Ellison, incumbent

Fifth

Democrat

 $288,043

 $229,460

Thomas Emmer

Sixth

Republican

 $206,094

 $252,738

Philip Krinke

Sixth

Republican

   

Rhonda Sivarajah

Sixth

Republican

   

Joe Perske

Sixth

Democrat

   

James Read

Sixth

Democrat

   

Torrey Westrom

Seventh

Republican

   

Collin Peterson, incumbent

Seventh

Democrat

 $218,000

 $522,650

Stewart Mills III

Eighth

Republican

 $203,000

 $355,738

Rick Nolan, incumbent

Eighth

Democrat

 $265,772

 $478,000

Jim Abeler

Senate

Republican

   

Mike McFadden

Senate

Republican

 $600,000

 $1,800,000

Julianne Ortman

Senate

Republican

   

Al Franken, incumbent

Senate

Democrat

 $2,722,189

 $5,933,851

Kline has $1.4 million cash advantage over likely Democratic opponent

Posted by: Corey Mitchell under 2nd District, Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota congressional, Democrats, Republicans Updated: April 15, 2014 - 4:41 PM

Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline’s leading Democratic opponent, former state Rep. Mike Obermueller, raised $81,150 during the first three months of 2014.

With $1.66 million banked for his reelection bid, Kline has an eight-to-one cash advantage over Obermueller, who has roughly $238,000 in cash reserves.

The other Democrats seeking the Second District party nomination, Thomas Craft and Paula Overby, have yet to file their campaign finance reports.

Kline defeated Obermueller, 54 percent to 46 percent, in 2012.

National Democrats had high hopes for Obermueller’s 2014 campaign, but their interest and support has flagged in recent months.

The Rothenberg Political Report, a respected political handicapper, has changed its rating on Kline’s seat, which covers the Twin Cities’ southern suburbs, to “Safe Republican.” Until the change, Kline’s seat had been listed as “Republican-favored.”

The Rothenberg report cited Obermueller’s lackluster fundraising as part of their decision to change the rating.

Unless Democratic groups “decide to spend a couple million dollars to pull Obermueller toward the finish line, it doesn’t like this seat will be playing in the fall,” the Rothernberg report concluded.

The other Democrats seeking the Second District party nomination, Thomas Craft and Paula Overby, have yet to file their campaign finance reports. Democrats in the Second District will choose Kline’s opponent during their April 26 nominating convention.

Franken challenger Mike McFadden reports $600K fundraising quarter

Posted by: Corey Mitchell under Minnesota U.S. senators, Minnesota campaigns, Democrats, Republicans Updated: April 15, 2014 - 4:16 PM

One of U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s leading Republican challengers, businessman Mike McFadden, reported $600,000 in fundraising during the first three months of 2014

McFadden’s latest report leaves him with $1.8 million in cash on hand in the race against Franken, a $100,000 increase from his last report. McFadden has raised $2.85 million since he entered the race last May.

Franken raised more than $2.7 million during the first quarter. He now has $5.9 million cash on hand for his campaign, more than three times as much as McFadden.

Franken’s fundraising haul marked a nearly 30 percent increase over the amount his campaign raised during the final three months of 2103.

While Franken ramped up his fundraising during the fundraising period, McFadden’s numbers dropped more than 20 percent from the previous quarter, when he raked in $780,000.

“Our consistent fundraising progress proves once again that we are the only candidate who will have the funds to defeat Sen. Franken in November,” McFadden said in a statement.

The other GOP candidates in the race to unseat Franken have yet to report their fundraising totals.

On tax filing deadline, Dayton touts benefits of cuts

Posted by: Abby Simons under Minnesota governor Updated: April 15, 2014 - 3:54 PM

Touting millions of dollars in savings for Minnesota taxpayers on Tuesday’s filing deadline, Gov. Mark Dayton said he hopes for another round of cuts benefiting homeowners and working parents.

“I believe there will be another tax cut bill that will come after the Legislature returns,” he said. “I’m hoping for property tax relief and also the childcare tax credit that was in my original message and which I still believe would be of enormous benefit to people whose childcare costs are going up astronomically. It’s staggering to me how very young families are spending $10-15,000 per child. That’s outrageously high costs and we need to do something to relieve that burden.”

Dayton made the comments after declaring Tuesday “Tax Cut Day,” introducing two families who benefited from the $508 million in tax cuts: the Zuzeks of Hastings, who benefit from college tuition tax deductions for their three children, and Kristy and Aaron Norman of Rochester, who saved $800 in state taxes related to the adoption of their two children.

 With hours left to go before the filing deadline, Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans said 2.2 million Minnesotans filed their taxes as of Monday night, with 500,000 to go.

Dayton said the tax cuts are another step forward, calling Minnesota a “high tax state but a high value state.”

“We have an excellent workforce, people who are hardworking, educated and company after company has been expanding here in Minnesota at a pace that exceeds the nation because they recognize the value.” he said.

The cuts follow a $2.1 billion tax increased imposed last year.


 

Nolan has $120K cash lead over Mills in Eighth District race

Posted by: Corey Mitchell under 8th District, Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota congressional, Democrats, Republicans Updated: April 15, 2014 - 11:20 AM

With national Republicans honing in on his northeastern Minnesota congressional seat, Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s campaign ramped up its fundraising in the first quarter of 2014.

Through the end of March, Nolan held a roughly $119,000 cash advantage over his Republican opponent, Stewart Mills III. Nolan had $478,000 banked for his reelection run while Mills had almost $356,000 cash on hand, according to their respective campaigns.

In a rare feat for a congressional challenger, Mills had outraised Nolan in the final two fundraising quarters of 2013. But Nolan raked in nearly $266,000 in donations during the first quarter of 2014, outraising Mills by $62,000 during the period. It marked Nolan's most successful fundraising quarter.

Outside money from political action committees and issue advocacy groups will likely factor in the race. Such groups spent millions of dollars in the district in 2012 when Nolan ousted first-term congressman Chip Cravaack.

American Action Network, a conservative advocacy group led by former Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, spent $50,000 on television ads this spring targeting Nolan.

Dating back to last summer, the National Republican Congressional Committee has run several campaign anti-Nolan ads in the Eighth Congressional District. The NRCC, the campaign apparatus of House Republicans, has named Mills as one of its most promising recruits for the 2014 election cycle.

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