Details emerge in finance reports in governor’s race

  • Updated: February 1, 2014 - 7:47 PM

Fundraising reports released Saturday from the candidates who want to be Minnesota’s next governor re­veal­ed details about their spending that previous releases did not.

Republican can­di­date Scott Honour, mak­ing his first run for of­fice, raised about $500,000 from donors and put in $101,000 of his own cash. He spent it near­ly as quick­ly as he raised it, large­ly on con­sult­ants and staff, leav­ing him with $14,000 at year’s end.

Honour, a businessman who reported $1.7 million in income in 2012, said he can keep his cam­paign in cash for the long haul.

“To win state­wide in Minnesota as a Republican, you have to spend the time and mon­ey to build the in­fra­struc­ture of a suc­cess­ful cam­paign and you have to be able to keep rais­ing mon­ey,” Honour said in a state­ment.

State Rep. Kurt Zellers and state Sen. Dave Thomp­son, who are also vying for the GOP nod, also spent their cash at a fast clip.

Zellers raised about $400,000 and had $115,000 left. Thomp­son raised $126,000 and had $50,000 left.

Form­er state Rep. Marty Sei­fert and Hennepin County Com­mis­sion­er Jeff Johnson were more fru­gal. Sei­fert brought in $150,000, in­clud­ing a $20,000 loan from him­self, and had most it left at the end of the year. Johnson raised $248,000 and had $169,000 left.

DFL Gov. Dayton beat them all. Dayton, who has large­ly self-fund­ed his campaigns in the past, has put none of his per­son­al funds into his re-­ e­lec­tion bid.

He end­ed last year with $770,000 in the bank. He raised $1.1 mil­lion from oth­ers, including many who share his last name.

“It’s not my favorite ac­tiv­i­ty,” he said of fundraising. “But I’m doing it.”

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Glenn Howatt, Abby Simons

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