WASHINGTON — A fresh round of campaign finance reports are in, showing Sen. Al Franken with nearly $4 million in the bank, 8th District Republican Stewart Mills out-raising Rep. Rick Nolan and Minnesota’s two Republican House incumbents with seven figures saved up for re-election campaigns.
Despite a government shutdown, congressional candidates were due to report their July-to-October fundraising figures to the Federal Elections Commission by Tuesday night. Here’s a quick run-down of where the money race stands 13 months ahead of Election Day:
U.S. Senate: Franken raised just more than $2 million last quarter and has about $3.9 million saved up for his re-election campaign. His campaign said he received contributions from 37,000 donors, nearly 21,000 of whom where first-timers. Ninety-seven percent of his contributions were for $100 or less.
Republican challenger Mike McFadden raised $700,000 and has $1.2 million in the bank, his campaign said. State Sen. Julianne Ortman brought in $120,000. Other Republican challengers include state Rep. Jim Abeler and St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg.
1st District: Rep. Tim Walz has $238,000 in the bank as he gears up for his fourth re-election campaign. He has two Republican opponents: Mike Benson, who raised more than $28,000 and has $14,000 on hand, and Aaron Miller, who loaned his campaign $40,000. He has $57,000 in the bank.
2nd District: With more than $1.3 million in the bank, Rep. John Kline is loading up for a potential rematch with former state Rep. Mike Obermueller. Kline brought in $367,000 last quarter to Obermueller’s $73,000.
Obermueller, a former state representative, has nearly $120,000 in the bank.
3rd District: Rep. Erik Paulsen raised $376,000 last quarter and has $1.5 million banked for his re-election campaign. A Democratic poll released this week showed Paulsen in danger of losing his seat next year, but the party has yet to field a challenger against the third-term congressman and he has won re-election twice rather easily.
4th District: In the safely Democratic 4th, Rep. Betty McCollum raised $99,000 and has $89,000 on hand. She has no Republican opponent.
5th District: Rep. Keith Ellison is in a similar situation, with a safe seat and without an opponent. Still, he had his best quarter of the year, bringing in $309,000. He has $186,000 in the bank.
6th District: Tom Emmer continues to lead the money race in the GOP contest to replace retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann. He brought in $152,000 last quarter and had $275,000 in the bank.
Other Republican candidates include self-funders Phil Krinkie (who loaned his campaign $300,000 while raising $38,000) and Rhonda Sivarajah (a $150,000 loan, with $30,000 raised), and state Rep. John Pederson who raised $38,000 with $40,000 on hand.
Bachmann, meanwhile, transferred a further $40,000 to her presidential campaign committee, leaving it with only $14,000 in outstanding debt.
7th District: Rep. Collin Peterson brought in just $82,000, the least of any Minnesota incumbent running for re-election, and he has just $227,000 on hand. National Republicans say his small fundraising numbers is a sign he won’t run again next cycle, though the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics blog shoots down that theory. Peterson has no opponent yet, and he’s said he’ll make a decision about running for re-election next year.
8th District: New GOP candidate Stewart Mills outraised incumbent Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan last quarter, raising $244,000 to Nolan’s $130,000. Nolan does have a slight cash-on-hand advantage ($264,000 to $234,000).
Mills, an executive at the Mills Fleet Farm chain of stores, is personally wealthy, though he didn’t loan any personal funds to his campaign. Republicans say about 93 percent of his contributions were from Minnesota donors. National Republicans are excited for his candidacy, and they highlighted him Wednesday as one of five Republican challengers who outraised their opponents last quarter.
Note: A previous version of this story misstated how much money Al Franken raised last quarter. It’s been corrected.
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