Jeff Johnson’s gubernatorial campaign reports $240,000 from donors

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is the latest Republican candidate for governor to release 2013 fundraising totals.

His campaign raised more than $240,000 last year, with an average contribution of about $250 from some 1,000 donors.

Johnson is one of six Republicans vying for the party endorsement to take on Gov. Mark Dayton. In May, he won the straw poll of Republican delegates.

State Sen. Dave Thompson, who came in second in the straw poll, earlier this week reported $120,000 in campaign contributions.

In a statement, Johnson said he was pleased with the efforts of his campaign, but “I recognize that other candidates in this race will have higher fundraising numbers.”

Candidates must file their finance reports with the state by Jan. 31.

GOP candidates Rob Farnsworth, Scott Honour, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers have indicated they will not have their fundraising totals until the end of the month.

Rep. Zellers, a former speaker of the House, is cited for his fundraising prowess and is expected to show a sizable fundraising total.

It is likely that with the competition for Republican contributions, no one candidate will come close to matching Gov. Dayton’s fundraising effort. His campaign suggests that he will start his re-election effort with a war chest comfortably in the seven figures.

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