Campaign finance reports coming out today in the Minnesota governor’s race show that DFLer Mark Dayton has spent the most but Republican Tom Emmer has more left in the bank, ready for the final week’s push.
Independence Party candidate Tom Horner trails the pack in fundraising, his campaign said.
And all the millions raised by the candidates this year — $4.2 million by Dayton (much of it his own money); $2.7 million by Emmer; and $1.2 by Horner — are being supplemented by huge spending from special-interest groups running ads in the campaign.
The Star Tribune notes that the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, which is running ads attacking Emmer, reported raising $5.3 million this year. And two major pro-business groups are running ads in the race: MN Forward raised $1.8 million this year and Minnesota’s Future raised $1.8 million from the Republican Governors Association, the paper said.
Lots of Dayton’s money for the year came during the primary election campaign, where he spent heavily to defeat the DFL-endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher. But he also reports raising $1.4 million in the past three months, and has about $250,000 in the bank. Dayton lent his campaign $3.3 million earlier this year and added another $590,000 in loans since the primary.
Emmer reported raising $2.7 million this year, with more than $450,000 in hand.
Horner’s campaign report wasn’t on file yet this morning, but his campaign says he raised more than $1 million since July, bringing the total for the year to $1.2 million. And he had about $60,000 in the bank in mid-October.
Said Horner campaign manager Stephen Imholte: “We would like to have more money, but are grateful for the thousands of Minnesotans who have sacrificed to help elect an independent-thinking governor on November 2.”