Al Franken and Norm Coleman raised more money than any other Senate candidates in the 2008 election cycle, placing first and second in a list of top fundraisers released today by the Federal Election Commission.

Franken topped the charts with $22.5 million, several million more than Coleman's $19.3 million. The list accounts for funds raised between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2008, meaning their total receipts are likely much higher because of the extended recount.

The number three slot in the Senate went to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who raised $18.6 million. Mike Ciresi, who ran unsuccessfully for the DFL nomination, appeared at #43 on the list with $3.9 million.

On the House side, no one came close to the Minnesota Senate race, though Rep. Michele Bachmann placed 28th with $3.4 million. Her challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg, was the only other Minnesotan in the top 50 at $2.9 million.

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