The cash contest: In party fundraising, DFL dominates
June 17, 2014 — 10:39am
DFL Party groups have raised more, spent more and have more cash left on hand compared to Republican Party groups, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
According to the pre-election reports, the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and its legislative committee arms have raised almost $2.4 million. By comparison, the Republican Party and its legislative affiliates have raised $885,000.
The two party powers are a bit more evenly matched when it comes to spending. The DFL groups have spent $1.7 million and the GOP groups have spent $1.2 million in preparing their fights for the House, governor's office and the other offices.
But the Republican Party still has debt, left over from lean times a few years ago. According to the latest state report, the state GOP had $538,000 in debt.
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