Where all that political money is being spent in Minnesota

Zachary Dorholt for State Representative
Zach Dorholt: “There’s an entire element that’s out of your control. But you get blamed for all of it.”

Zach Dorholt knows people are sick of seeing his face.

For weeks now, residents in St. Cloud have been deluged with brightly colored, glossy pieces of mail covered with Dorholt’s mug. Some people have gotten so much already that they’ve called Dorholt up personally to ask him to make it stop. “There are already people angry and people upset about the radio ads and TV ads and the mailers in particular,” said Dorholt, a Democrat running for a state House seat in District 14B. “We get messages from people who say, ‘Take me off your list.’ ”

He can’t. It turns out that most of the mail sent to Dorholt’s friends and neighbors isn’t coming from him; it’s coming from political parties and other outside campaign groups. In fact, Dorholt has only sent out four pieces of political mail about himself so far, modest in comparison to the output of some politicians running for office.

“There’s an entire element that’s out of your control,” Dorholt said, “But you get blamed for all of it.”

There’s a reason for the litany of literature, of course. St. Cloud is one of the most competitive areas in the state when it comes to deciding who will control the Minnesota Legislature. Both St. Cloud-area House Districts, 14A and 14B, have already attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars of campaign spending — more than any other in the state — and an open Senate seat in the district is also attracting a lot of attention.

Yet St. Cloud is hardly the only place that’s seen such a conspicuous influx of political cash. Competitive seats from Red Wing to Minnetonka are also seeing gobs of spending, mostly from the parties and outside groups.

Money floods districts

Because all 201 House and Senate seats — but no statewide candidates — are on the ballot this fall, political parties and outside spending groups are focusing all of their fire on the Legislature. And there’s a lot of fire. Outside groups have already spent nearly $5 million on legislative races since Jan. 1, not including money spent on competitive primary contests, according to campaign finance reports released last week.

But not all 201 races are equally competitive. Many outstate seats and races in the urban core are solidly Republican or Democratic and haven’t attracted any outside campaign spending this cycle. But about two dozen districts in the House and Senate popped up on various PAC spending reports, signaling they are more competitive. That includes districts where the voters tend to swing back and forth, like Northfield and St. Cloud, as well as districts where retirements have made the area more competitive, including seats in Red Wing and Minnetonka.

To give you an idea of where outside groups are concentrating their spending, the charts below money spent by groups supporting Republicans and groups supporting Democrats in each of Minnesota’s House and Senate districts. The darker the green of the district, the more money was spent there by outside groups. (Note: MinnPost did not include data that showed spending for or against a candidate in a different district than he or she is running in this year, or for candidates who lost in the August primary.)

Minnesota House — Spending to benefit Republican candidates

Greater MinnesotaMetro
2A House District 2A

Total spending: $35,185.6

Candidates:
  • Jerry Loud (D)
  • Matthew J. Grossell (R)
1A House District 1A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dan Fabian (R) *
  • George Nyakasi Bass (D)
*Incumbent
1B House District 1B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Debra (Deb) Kiel (R) *
  • Michael "Mike" Moore (D)
*Incumbent
2B House District 2B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Steve Green (R) *
  • Bryan Klabunde (D)
*Incumbent
6A House District 6A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Julie Sandstede (D)
  • Robert (Rob) Farnsworth (R)
6B House District 6B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jason I. Metsa (D) *
  • Matt Matasich (R)
*Incumbent
3B House District 3B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mary Murphy (D) *
  • Timothy Brandon (R)
*Incumbent
3A House District 3A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Rob Ecklund (D) *
  • Tom Long (R)
*Incumbent
4A House District 4A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Ben Lien (D) *
  • Jordan Idso (R)
*Incumbent
4B House District 4B

Total spending: $52,092.06

Candidates:
  • Paul Marquart (D) *
  • Ben Grimsley (R)
*Incumbent
5A House District 5A

Total spending: $34,225.65

Candidates:
  • John Persell (D) *
  • Matt Bliss (R)
*Incumbent
5B House District 5B

Total spending: $72,743.76

Candidates:
  • Tom Anzelc (D) *
  • Dennis Barsness (G)
  • Sandy Layman (R)
*Incumbent
7B House District 7B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Liz Olson (D)
  • Cody Barringer (R)
7A House District 7A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jennifer Schultz (D) *
  • Dylan C. Raddant (R)
*Incumbent
8A House District 8A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bud Nornes (R) *
  • C. J. Holl (D)
*Incumbent
8B House District 8B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mary Franson (R) *
  • Gail Kulp (D)
*Incumbent
10A House District 10A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Josh Heintzeman (R) *
  • Quinn Nystrom (D)
*Incumbent
10B House District 10B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dale K Lueck (R) *
  • Erin Wagner (D)
*Incumbent
11A House District 11A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mike Sundin (D) *
  • Mike Line (R)
*Incumbent
30A House District 30A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Nick Zerwas (R) *
  • Sarah Hamlin (D)
*Incumbent
30B House District 30B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Eric Lucero (R) *
  • Margaret Fernandez (D)
*Incumbent
35A House District 35A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Abigail Whelan (R) *
  • Andy Hillebregt (D)
*Incumbent
35B House District 35B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Peggy Scott (R) *
  • Wes Volkenant (D)
*Incumbent
31B House District 31B

Total spending: $24,877.32

Candidates:
  • Cal (Calvin) K. Bahr (R)
  • Susan Larson (D)
32B House District 32B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bob Barrett (R) *
  • Laurie J. Warner (D)
*Incumbent
12A House District 12A

Total spending: $26,242.0

Candidates:
  • Jeff Backer (R) *
  • Jay McNamar (D)
*Incumbent
9A House District 9A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Megg Litts (D)
  • John M. Poston (R)
9B House District 9B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Ron Kresha (R) *
  • Dustin Simmonds (D)
*Incumbent
15B House District 15B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jim Newberger (R) *
  • Karla Scapanski (D)
*Incumbent
11B House District 11B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jason Rarick (R) *
  • Tom Jones (D)
*Incumbent
34A House District 34A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Joyce Peppin (R) *
  • Dave Craig (D)
*Incumbent
36A House District 36A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mark W. Uglem (R) *
  • Kevin Parker (D)
*Incumbent
36B House District 36B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Melissa Hortman (D) *
  • Peter Crema (R)
*Incumbent
37A House District 37A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Erin Koegel (D)
  • Anthony Wilder (R)
  • Brian McCormick (L)
37B House District 37B

Total spending: $18,488.4

Candidates:
  • Nolan West (R)
  • Susan Witt (D)
38A House District 38A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Linda Runbeck (R) *
  • Kevin Fogarty (D)
*Incumbent
38B House District 38B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Matt Dean (R) *
  • Ami Wazlawik (D)
*Incumbent
39A House District 39A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bob Dettmer (R) *
  • Jody W. Anderson (D)
*Incumbent
12B House District 12B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Anderson (R) *
*Incumbent
13A House District 13A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jeff Howe (R) *
  • Anne Buckvold (D)
*Incumbent
13B House District 13B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tim O'Driscoll (R) *
  • Matthew Crouse (D)
*Incumbent
15A House District 15A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Sondra Erickson (R) *
  • Kent Lestrud (D)
*Incumbent
32A House District 32A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Brian Johnson (R) *
  • Paul Gammel (D)
*Incumbent
34B House District 34B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dennis Smith (R) *
  • Kristin Bahner (D)
*Incumbent
40A House District 40A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Michael Nelson (D) *
*Incumbent
40B House District 40B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Debra Hilstrom (D) *
  • Mali Marvin (R)
*Incumbent
41A House District 41A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Connie Bernardy (D) *
  • Ryan Evanson (R)
*Incumbent
41B House District 41B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mary Kunesh-Podein (D)
  • Camden J. Pike (R)
42A House District 42A

Total spending: $8,669.72

Candidates:
  • Barb Yarusso (D) *
  • Randy Jessup (R)
*Incumbent
42B House District 42B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jamie Becker-Finn (D)
  • Tracy Nelson (R)
43A House District 43A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Peter M Fischer (D) *
  • Bob Cardinal (R)
*Incumbent
17A House District 17A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tim Miller (R) *
  • Andrew Falk (D)
*Incumbent
17B House District 17B

Total spending: $72,715.85

Candidates:
  • Dave Baker (R) *
  • Mary Sawatzky (D)
*Incumbent
14A House District 14A

Total spending: $36,190.28

Candidates:
  • Tama Theis (R) *
  • Aric Putnam (D)
*Incumbent
14B House District 14B

Total spending: $107,228.67

Candidates:
  • Jim Knoblach (R) *
  • Zachary "Zach" Dorholt (D)
*Incumbent
31A House District 31A

Total spending: $30,052.05

Candidates:
  • Kurt Daudt (R) *
  • Sarah Udvig (D)
*Incumbent
44A House District 44A

Total spending: $23,574.0

Candidates:
  • Sarah Anderson (R) *
  • Ginny Klevorn (D)
*Incumbent
45A House District 45A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Lyndon R. Carlson (D) *
  • Richard Lieberman (R)
*Incumbent
45B House District 45B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mike Freiberg (D) *
  • Alma J. Wetzker (R)
*Incumbent
59A House District 59A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Fue Lee (D)
  • Jessica Newville (R)
60A House District 60A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Diane Loeffler (D) *
  • Gabe Barnett (I)
*Incumbent
66A House District 66A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Alice Hausman (D) *
  • Jon Heyer (R)
*Incumbent
66B House District 66B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • John Lesch (D) *
  • William P. Brownell (R)
*Incumbent
67A House District 67A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tim Mahoney (D) *
  • Andrew Livingston (R)
*Incumbent
43B House District 43B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Leon M. Lillie (D) *
  • Nathan Hansen (R)
*Incumbent
39B House District 39B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Kathy Lohmer (R) *
  • Alan Kantrud (D)
*Incumbent
16A House District 16A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Chris Swedzinski (R) *
  • Al Kruse (D)
*Incumbent
18A House District 18A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dean Urdahl (R) *
*Incumbent
29A House District 29A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Joseph McDonald (R) *
  • Cortney Phillips (D)
*Incumbent
29B House District 29B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Marion O'Neill (R) *
  • Steve Kilburn (D)
*Incumbent
44B House District 44B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jon Applebaum (D) *
  • Patti Meier (R)
*Incumbent
46A House District 46A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Peggy Flanagan (D) *
  • Anne Taylor (R)
*Incumbent
59B House District 59B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Raymond Dehn (D) *
  • Margaret E. Martín (R)
*Incumbent
60B House District 60B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Abdimalik Askar (R)
  • Ilhan Omar (D)
64A House District 64A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Erin Murphy (D) *
  • Riley Horan (R)
*Incumbent
65A House District 65A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Rena Moran (D) *
  • Monique Giordana (R)
*Incumbent
67B House District 67B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Sheldon Johnson (D) *
  • Joseph Weverka (L)
  • Lisa Thompson (R)
*Incumbent
53A House District 53A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • JoAnn Ward (D) *
  • Andy Turonie (R)
*Incumbent
16B House District 16B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Torkelson (R) *
  • Austin Grossenburg (D)
*Incumbent
18B House District 18B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Glenn Gruenhagen (R) *
  • Darrel H. Mosel (D)
*Incumbent
47A House District 47A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jim Nash (R) *
  • Sean White (D)
*Incumbent
33A House District 33A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jerry Hertaus (R) *
  • Norrie Thomas (D)
*Incumbent
33B House District 33B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Cindy Pugh (R) *
  • Brad Brothen (D)
*Incumbent
46B House District 46B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Cheryl Youakim (D) *
  • Bryan P. Björnson (R)
*Incumbent
61A House District 61A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Frank Hornstein (D) *
  • Brian Rosenblatt (R)
*Incumbent
62A House District 62A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Karen Clark (D) *
  • Claire Leiter (R)
*Incumbent
63A House District 63A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jim Davnie (D) *
  • Kyle Bragg (R)
*Incumbent
65B House District 65B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Carlos Mariani (D) *
  • Margaret Mary Stokely (R)
*Incumbent
53B House District 53B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Kelly Fenton (R) *
  • Alberder Gillespie (D)
*Incumbent
54B House District 54B

Total spending: $13,787.97

Candidates:
  • Don Slaten (D)
  • Tony Jurgens (R)
19A House District 19A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Clark Johnson (D) *
  • Kim Spears (R)
*Incumbent
20A House District 20A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bob Vogel (R) *
  • Jim Connelly (D)
*Incumbent
20B House District 20B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • David Bly (D) *
  • Aramis Wells (R)
*Incumbent
58B House District 58B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Patrick Garofalo (R) *
  • Marla Vagts (D)
*Incumbent
21A House District 21A

Total spending: $118,460.86

Candidates:
  • Barb Haley (R)
  • Lisa Bayley (D)
21B House District 21B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Steve Drazkowski (R) *
  • Elise Diesslin (D)
*Incumbent
48A House District 48A

Total spending: $70,878.77

Candidates:
  • Mary Shapiro (R)
  • Laurie Pryor (D)
49A House District 49A

Total spending: $22,970.83

Candidates:
  • Ron Erhardt (D) *
  • Dario Anselmo (R)
*Incumbent
61B House District 61B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Thissen (D) *
  • Tom Gallagher (R)
*Incumbent
62B House District 62B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Susan Allen (D) *
*Incumbent
63B House District 63B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jean Wagenius (D) *
  • Frank Pafko (R)
*Incumbent
64B House District 64B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dave Pinto (D) *
  • Emory K. Dively (R)
*Incumbent
52A House District 52A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Rick Hansen (D) *
  • Larry Sachi (R)
*Incumbent
54A House District 54A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Keith Franke (R)
  • Jen Peterson (D)
22B House District 22B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Rod Hamilton (R) *
  • Kirby G. Kruse (D)
*Incumbent
19B House District 19B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jack Considine (D) *
  • Adam Isakson (R)
*Incumbent
23B House District 23B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tony Cornish (R) *
  • Josh Haseman (D)
*Incumbent
25B House District 25B

Total spending: $31,652.31

Candidates:
  • Fran Bradley (R)
  • Duane Sauke (D)
24B House District 24B

Total spending: $74,751.88

Candidates:
  • Brian Daniels (R) *
  • Patti Fritz (D)
*Incumbent
25A House District 25A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Duane Quam (R) *
  • Linda "Wally" Walbruch (D)
*Incumbent
28A House District 28A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Gene Pelowski Jr. (D) *
  • Adam Pace (R)
*Incumbent
47B House District 47B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Joe Hoppe (R) *
  • Jane Montemayor (D)
*Incumbent
48B House District 48B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jenifer W. Loon (R) *
  • Ben Sherlock (D)
*Incumbent
49B House District 49B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Rosenthal (D) *
  • Max Rymer (R)
*Incumbent
50A House District 50A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Linda Slocum (D) *
  • Tim Johnson (R)
*Incumbent
50B House District 50B

Total spending: $60,550.59

Candidates:
  • Chad Anderson (R) *
  • Andrew Carlson (D)
*Incumbent
51A House District 51A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Sandra Masin (D) *
  • Brad Gerten (R)
*Incumbent
51B House District 51B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Laurie Halverson (D) *
  • Pat Hammond (R)
*Incumbent
52B House District 52B

Total spending: $35,283.63

Candidates:
  • Mary T'Kach (D)
  • Regina Barr (R)
22A House District 22A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Joe Schomacker (R) *
  • Laura Woods (D)
*Incumbent
23A House District 23A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bob Gunther (R) *
  • Zac Huntley (D)
*Incumbent
24A House District 24A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • John Petersburg (R) *
  • Bev Cashman (D)
*Incumbent
26B House District 26B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Nels T. Pierson (R) *
  • John Wayne Austinson (D)
*Incumbent
26A House District 26A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tina Liebling (D) *
  • Will Waggoner (R)
*Incumbent
27A House District 27A

Total spending: $41,329.0

Candidates:
  • Peggy Bennett (R) *
  • Gary Schindler (D)
*Incumbent
27B House District 27B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jeanne Poppe (D) *
  • Dennis R. Schminke (R)
*Incumbent
28B House District 28B

Total spending: $50,498.24

Candidates:
  • Gregory M. Davids (R) *
  • Thomas Trehus (D)
*Incumbent
55A House District 55A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bob Loonan (R) *
  • Mary Hernandez (D)
*Incumbent
55B House District 55B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tony Albright (R) *
  • Cecilia Haakenson (D)
*Incumbent
56A House District 56A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Drew Christensen (R) *
  • Jared Christiansen (D)
*Incumbent
56B House District 56B

Total spending: $90,502.1

Candidates:
  • Roz Peterson (R) *
  • Lindsey Port (D)
*Incumbent
58A House District 58A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jon Koznick (R) *
  • LeAnn Weikle (D)
*Incumbent
57A House District 57A

Total spending: $19,730.61

Candidates:
  • Erin Maye Quade (D)
  • Ali Jimenez-Hopper (R)
57B House District 57B

Total spending: $20,845.8

Candidates:
  • Anna Wills (R) *
  • John Huot (D)
*Incumbent

Legend

  •   Up to $118,460
  •   Up to $94,768
  •   Up to $71,076
  •   Up to $47,384
  •   Up to $23,692
  •   No spending data reported

Minnesota House — Spending to benefit Democratic candidates

Greater MinnesotaMetro
2A House District 2A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jerry Loud (D)
  • Matthew J. Grossell (R)
1A House District 1A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dan Fabian (R) *
  • George Nyakasi Bass (D)
*Incumbent
1B House District 1B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Debra (Deb) Kiel (R) *
  • Michael "Mike" Moore (D)
*Incumbent
2B House District 2B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Steve Green (R) *
  • Bryan Klabunde (D)
*Incumbent
6A House District 6A

Total spending: $16,623.59

Candidates:
  • Julie Sandstede (D)
  • Robert (Rob) Farnsworth (R)
6B House District 6B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jason I. Metsa (D) *
  • Matt Matasich (R)
*Incumbent
3B House District 3B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mary Murphy (D) *
  • Timothy Brandon (R)
*Incumbent
3A House District 3A

Total spending: $5,684.71

Candidates:
  • Rob Ecklund (D) *
  • Tom Long (R)
*Incumbent
4A House District 4A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Ben Lien (D) *
  • Jordan Idso (R)
*Incumbent
4B House District 4B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Marquart (D) *
  • Ben Grimsley (R)
*Incumbent
5A House District 5A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • John Persell (D) *
  • Matt Bliss (R)
*Incumbent
5B House District 5B

Total spending: $27,767.27

Candidates:
  • Tom Anzelc (D) *
  • Dennis Barsness (G)
  • Sandy Layman (R)
*Incumbent
7B House District 7B

Total spending: $888.57

Candidates:
  • Liz Olson (D)
  • Cody Barringer (R)
7A House District 7A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jennifer Schultz (D) *
  • Dylan C. Raddant (R)
*Incumbent
8A House District 8A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bud Nornes (R) *
  • C. J. Holl (D)
*Incumbent
8B House District 8B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mary Franson (R) *
  • Gail Kulp (D)
*Incumbent
10A House District 10A

Total spending: $12,951.93

Candidates:
  • Josh Heintzeman (R) *
  • Quinn Nystrom (D)
*Incumbent
10B House District 10B

Total spending: $20,929.11

Candidates:
  • Dale K Lueck (R) *
  • Erin Wagner (D)
*Incumbent
11A House District 11A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mike Sundin (D) *
  • Mike Line (R)
*Incumbent
30A House District 30A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Nick Zerwas (R) *
  • Sarah Hamlin (D)
*Incumbent
30B House District 30B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Eric Lucero (R) *
  • Margaret Fernandez (D)
*Incumbent
35A House District 35A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Abigail Whelan (R) *
  • Andy Hillebregt (D)
*Incumbent
35B House District 35B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Peggy Scott (R) *
  • Wes Volkenant (D)
*Incumbent
31B House District 31B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Cal (Calvin) K. Bahr (R)
  • Susan Larson (D)
32B House District 32B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bob Barrett (R) *
  • Laurie J. Warner (D)
*Incumbent
12A House District 12A

Total spending: $65,153.85

Candidates:
  • Jeff Backer (R) *
  • Jay McNamar (D)
*Incumbent
9A House District 9A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Megg Litts (D)
  • John M. Poston (R)
9B House District 9B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Ron Kresha (R) *
  • Dustin Simmonds (D)
*Incumbent
15B House District 15B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jim Newberger (R) *
  • Karla Scapanski (D)
*Incumbent
11B House District 11B

Total spending: $20,779.61

Candidates:
  • Jason Rarick (R) *
  • Tom Jones (D)
*Incumbent
34A House District 34A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Joyce Peppin (R) *
  • Dave Craig (D)
*Incumbent
36A House District 36A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mark W. Uglem (R) *
  • Kevin Parker (D)
*Incumbent
36B House District 36B

Total spending: $5,725.0

Candidates:
  • Melissa Hortman (D) *
  • Peter Crema (R)
*Incumbent
37A House District 37A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Erin Koegel (D)
  • Anthony Wilder (R)
  • Brian McCormick (L)
37B House District 37B

Total spending: $79,662.81

Candidates:
  • Nolan West (R)
  • Susan Witt (D)
38A House District 38A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Linda Runbeck (R) *
  • Kevin Fogarty (D)
*Incumbent
38B House District 38B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Matt Dean (R) *
  • Ami Wazlawik (D)
*Incumbent
39A House District 39A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bob Dettmer (R) *
  • Jody W. Anderson (D)
*Incumbent
12B House District 12B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Anderson (R) *
*Incumbent
13A House District 13A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jeff Howe (R) *
  • Anne Buckvold (D)
*Incumbent
13B House District 13B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tim O'Driscoll (R) *
  • Matthew Crouse (D)
*Incumbent
15A House District 15A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Sondra Erickson (R) *
  • Kent Lestrud (D)
*Incumbent
32A House District 32A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Brian Johnson (R) *
  • Paul Gammel (D)
*Incumbent
34B House District 34B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dennis Smith (R) *
  • Kristin Bahner (D)
*Incumbent
40A House District 40A

Total spending: $1,500.0

Candidates:
  • Michael Nelson (D) *
*Incumbent
40B House District 40B

Total spending: $318.48

Candidates:
  • Debra Hilstrom (D) *
  • Mali Marvin (R)
*Incumbent
41A House District 41A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Connie Bernardy (D) *
  • Ryan Evanson (R)
*Incumbent
41B House District 41B

Total spending: $1,615.28

Candidates:
  • Mary Kunesh-Podein (D)
  • Camden J. Pike (R)
42A House District 42A

Total spending: $23,041.77

Candidates:
  • Barb Yarusso (D) *
  • Randy Jessup (R)
*Incumbent
42B House District 42B

Total spending: $338.49

Candidates:
  • Jamie Becker-Finn (D)
  • Tracy Nelson (R)
43A House District 43A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Peter M Fischer (D) *
  • Bob Cardinal (R)
*Incumbent
17A House District 17A

Total spending: $22,583.19

Candidates:
  • Tim Miller (R) *
  • Andrew Falk (D)
*Incumbent
17B House District 17B

Total spending: $101,006.32

Candidates:
  • Dave Baker (R) *
  • Mary Sawatzky (D)
*Incumbent
14A House District 14A

Total spending: $178,703.87

Candidates:
  • Tama Theis (R) *
  • Aric Putnam (D)
*Incumbent
14B House District 14B

Total spending: $181,458.6

Candidates:
  • Jim Knoblach (R) *
  • Zachary "Zach" Dorholt (D)
*Incumbent
31A House District 31A

Total spending: $1,413.99

Candidates:
  • Kurt Daudt (R) *
  • Sarah Udvig (D)
*Incumbent
44A House District 44A

Total spending: $93,399.91

Candidates:
  • Sarah Anderson (R) *
  • Ginny Klevorn (D)
*Incumbent
45A House District 45A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Lyndon R. Carlson (D) *
  • Richard Lieberman (R)
*Incumbent
45B House District 45B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mike Freiberg (D) *
  • Alma J. Wetzker (R)
*Incumbent
59A House District 59A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Fue Lee (D)
  • Jessica Newville (R)
60A House District 60A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Diane Loeffler (D) *
  • Gabe Barnett (I)
*Incumbent
66A House District 66A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Alice Hausman (D) *
  • Jon Heyer (R)
*Incumbent
66B House District 66B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • John Lesch (D) *
  • William P. Brownell (R)
*Incumbent
67A House District 67A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tim Mahoney (D) *
  • Andrew Livingston (R)
*Incumbent
43B House District 43B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Leon M. Lillie (D) *
  • Nathan Hansen (R)
*Incumbent
39B House District 39B

Total spending: $12,951.92

Candidates:
  • Kathy Lohmer (R) *
  • Alan Kantrud (D)
*Incumbent
16A House District 16A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Chris Swedzinski (R) *
  • Al Kruse (D)
*Incumbent
18A House District 18A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dean Urdahl (R) *
*Incumbent
29A House District 29A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Joseph McDonald (R) *
  • Cortney Phillips (D)
*Incumbent
29B House District 29B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Marion O'Neill (R) *
  • Steve Kilburn (D)
*Incumbent
44B House District 44B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jon Applebaum (D) *
  • Patti Meier (R)
*Incumbent
46A House District 46A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Peggy Flanagan (D) *
  • Anne Taylor (R)
*Incumbent
59B House District 59B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Raymond Dehn (D) *
  • Margaret E. Martín (R)
*Incumbent
60B House District 60B

Total spending: $932.67

Candidates:
  • Abdimalik Askar (R)
  • Ilhan Omar (D)
64A House District 64A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Erin Murphy (D) *
  • Riley Horan (R)
*Incumbent
65A House District 65A

Total spending: $3,679.5

Candidates:
  • Rena Moran (D) *
  • Monique Giordana (R)
*Incumbent
67B House District 67B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Sheldon Johnson (D) *
  • Joseph Weverka (L)
  • Lisa Thompson (R)
*Incumbent
53A House District 53A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • JoAnn Ward (D) *
  • Andy Turonie (R)
*Incumbent
16B House District 16B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Torkelson (R) *
  • Austin Grossenburg (D)
*Incumbent
18B House District 18B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Glenn Gruenhagen (R) *
  • Darrel H. Mosel (D)
*Incumbent
47A House District 47A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jim Nash (R) *
  • Sean White (D)
*Incumbent
33A House District 33A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jerry Hertaus (R) *
  • Norrie Thomas (D)
*Incumbent
33B House District 33B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Cindy Pugh (R) *
  • Brad Brothen (D)
*Incumbent
46B House District 46B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Cheryl Youakim (D) *
  • Bryan P. Björnson (R)
*Incumbent
61A House District 61A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Frank Hornstein (D) *
  • Brian Rosenblatt (R)
*Incumbent
62A House District 62A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Karen Clark (D) *
  • Claire Leiter (R)
*Incumbent
63A House District 63A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jim Davnie (D) *
  • Kyle Bragg (R)
*Incumbent
65B House District 65B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Carlos Mariani (D) *
  • Margaret Mary Stokely (R)
*Incumbent
53B House District 53B

Total spending: $13,634.53

Candidates:
  • Kelly Fenton (R) *
  • Alberder Gillespie (D)
*Incumbent
54B House District 54B

Total spending: $46,937.51

Candidates:
  • Don Slaten (D)
  • Tony Jurgens (R)
19A House District 19A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Clark Johnson (D) *
  • Kim Spears (R)
*Incumbent
20A House District 20A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bob Vogel (R) *
  • Jim Connelly (D)
*Incumbent
20B House District 20B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • David Bly (D) *
  • Aramis Wells (R)
*Incumbent
58B House District 58B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Patrick Garofalo (R) *
  • Marla Vagts (D)
*Incumbent
21A House District 21A

Total spending: $96,237.37

Candidates:
  • Barb Haley (R)
  • Lisa Bayley (D)
21B House District 21B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Steve Drazkowski (R) *
  • Elise Diesslin (D)
*Incumbent
48A House District 48A

Total spending: $105,356.75

Candidates:
  • Mary Shapiro (R)
  • Laurie Pryor (D)
49A House District 49A

Total spending: $13,484.2

Candidates:
  • Ron Erhardt (D) *
  • Dario Anselmo (R)
*Incumbent
61B House District 61B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Thissen (D) *
  • Tom Gallagher (R)
*Incumbent
62B House District 62B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Susan Allen (D) *
*Incumbent
63B House District 63B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jean Wagenius (D) *
  • Frank Pafko (R)
*Incumbent
64B House District 64B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dave Pinto (D) *
  • Emory K. Dively (R)
*Incumbent
52A House District 52A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Rick Hansen (D) *
  • Larry Sachi (R)
*Incumbent
54A House District 54A

Total spending: $439.89

Candidates:
  • Keith Franke (R)
  • Jen Peterson (D)
22B House District 22B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Rod Hamilton (R) *
  • Kirby G. Kruse (D)
*Incumbent
19B House District 19B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jack Considine (D) *
  • Adam Isakson (R)
*Incumbent
23B House District 23B

Total spending: $37,347.76

Candidates:
  • Tony Cornish (R) *
  • Josh Haseman (D)
*Incumbent
25B House District 25B

Total spending: $52,752.29

Candidates:
  • Fran Bradley (R)
  • Duane Sauke (D)
24B House District 24B

Total spending: $115,786.31

Candidates:
  • Brian Daniels (R) *
  • Patti Fritz (D)
*Incumbent
25A House District 25A

Total spending: $476.21

Candidates:
  • Duane Quam (R) *
  • Linda "Wally" Walbruch (D)
*Incumbent
28A House District 28A

Total spending: $4,291.98

Candidates:
  • Gene Pelowski Jr. (D) *
  • Adam Pace (R)
*Incumbent
47B House District 47B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Joe Hoppe (R) *
  • Jane Montemayor (D)
*Incumbent
48B House District 48B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jenifer W. Loon (R) *
  • Ben Sherlock (D)
*Incumbent
49B House District 49B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Rosenthal (D) *
  • Max Rymer (R)
*Incumbent
50A House District 50A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Linda Slocum (D) *
  • Tim Johnson (R)
*Incumbent
50B House District 50B

Total spending: $20,909.75

Candidates:
  • Chad Anderson (R) *
  • Andrew Carlson (D)
*Incumbent
51A House District 51A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Sandra Masin (D) *
  • Brad Gerten (R)
*Incumbent
51B House District 51B

Total spending: $19,431.38

Candidates:
  • Laurie Halverson (D) *
  • Pat Hammond (R)
*Incumbent
52B House District 52B

Total spending: $23,064.64

Candidates:
  • Mary T'Kach (D)
  • Regina Barr (R)
22A House District 22A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Joe Schomacker (R) *
  • Laura Woods (D)
*Incumbent
23A House District 23A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bob Gunther (R) *
  • Zac Huntley (D)
*Incumbent
24A House District 24A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • John Petersburg (R) *
  • Bev Cashman (D)
*Incumbent
26B House District 26B

Total spending: $205.23

Candidates:
  • Nels T. Pierson (R) *
  • John Wayne Austinson (D)
*Incumbent
26A House District 26A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tina Liebling (D) *
  • Will Waggoner (R)
*Incumbent
27A House District 27A

Total spending: $41,788.78

Candidates:
  • Peggy Bennett (R) *
  • Gary Schindler (D)
*Incumbent
27B House District 27B

Total spending: $283.05

Candidates:
  • Jeanne Poppe (D) *
  • Dennis R. Schminke (R)
*Incumbent
28B House District 28B

Total spending: $113,162.08

Candidates:
  • Gregory M. Davids (R) *
  • Thomas Trehus (D)
*Incumbent
55A House District 55A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bob Loonan (R) *
  • Mary Hernandez (D)
*Incumbent
55B House District 55B

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tony Albright (R) *
  • Cecilia Haakenson (D)
*Incumbent
56A House District 56A

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Drew Christensen (R) *
  • Jared Christiansen (D)
*Incumbent
56B House District 56B

Total spending: $107,482.58

Candidates:
  • Roz Peterson (R) *
  • Lindsey Port (D)
*Incumbent
58A House District 58A

Total spending: $239.82

Candidates:
  • Jon Koznick (R) *
  • LeAnn Weikle (D)
*Incumbent
57A House District 57A

Total spending: $83,754.4

Candidates:
  • Erin Maye Quade (D)
  • Ali Jimenez-Hopper (R)
57B House District 57B

Total spending: $57,479.09

Candidates:
  • Anna Wills (R) *
  • John Huot (D)
*Incumbent

Legend

  •   Up to $181,458
  •   Up to $145,166
  •   Up to $108,875
  •   Up to $72,583
  •   Up to $36,291
  •   No spending data reported

Minnesota Senate — Spending to benefit Republican candidates

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2 Senate District 2

Total spending: $500.0

Candidates:
  • Rod Skoe (D) *
  • Paul Utke (R)
*Incumbent
1 Senate District 1

Total spending: $1,046.7

Candidates:
  • Kip Fontaine (D)
  • Mark Johnson (R)
4 Senate District 4

Total spending: $52,344.17

Candidates:
  • Kent Eken (D) *
  • James Leiman (R)
*Incumbent
5 Senate District 5

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tom Saxhaug (D) *
  • Justin Eichorn (R)
*Incumbent
6 Senate District 6

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • David J Tomassoni (D) *
  • Skeeter Tomczak (R)
*Incumbent
3 Senate District 3

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Thomas (Tom) Bakk (D) *
  • Jennifer L. Havlick (R)
*Incumbent
8 Senate District 8

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bill Ingebrigtsen (R) *
  • Shawn Olson (D)
*Incumbent
9 Senate District 9

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Gazelka (R) *
  • Jason Weinerman (D)
*Incumbent
10 Senate District 10

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Carrie Ruud (R) *
  • Tiffany Stenglein (D)
*Incumbent
11 Senate District 11

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tony Lourey (D) *
  • Michael Cummins (R)
*Incumbent
7 Senate District 7

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Donna Bergstrom (R)
  • Erik Simonson (D)
35 Senate District 35

Total spending: $2,475.51

Candidates:
  • Jim Abeler (R) *
  • Roger Johnson (D)
*Incumbent
12 Senate District 12

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Torrey Westrom (R) *
  • Russ Hinrichs (D)
*Incumbent
13 Senate District 13

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Michelle Fischbach (R) *
  • Michael Willemsen (D)
*Incumbent
14 Senate District 14

Total spending: $514.2

Candidates:
  • Dan Wolgamott (D)
  • Jerry Relph (R)
15 Senate District 15

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Chilah Brown (D)
  • Andrew Mathews (R)
32 Senate District 32

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tim Nelson (D)
  • Mark Koran (R)
34 Senate District 34

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Warren Limmer (R) *
  • Bonnie Westlin (D)
*Incumbent
36 Senate District 36

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • John Hoffman (D) *
  • Jeffrey Lunde (R)
*Incumbent
37 Senate District 37

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Brad Sanford (R)
  • Jerry Newton (D)
38 Senate District 38

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Roger Chamberlain (R) *
  • Pat Davern (D)
*Incumbent
16 Senate District 16

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Gary Dahms (R) *
  • James Kanne (D)
*Incumbent
29 Senate District 29

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bruce Anderson (R) *
  • Janice Holter Kittok (D)
*Incumbent
30 Senate District 30

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mary Kiffmeyer (R) *
  • P.J. LaCroix (D)
*Incumbent
31 Senate District 31

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Michelle Benson (R) *
  • Ricky Englund (D)
*Incumbent
33 Senate District 33

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • David Osmek (R) *
  • Jay Nygard (L)
  • Sherrie Pugh (D)
*Incumbent
40 Senate District 40

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Chris Eaton (D) *
  • Robert Marvin (R)
*Incumbent
41 Senate District 41

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Gary R. Johnson (R)
  • Carolyn Laine (D)
42 Senate District 42

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jason "Ike" Isaacson (D)
  • Candy Sina (R)
39 Senate District 39

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Karin Housley (R) *
  • Sten Hakanson (D)
*Incumbent
43 Senate District 43

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Charles "Chuck" Wiger (D) *
  • Chris Belflower (I)
  • Bob Zick (R)
*Incumbent
17 Senate District 17

Total spending: $7,633.07

Candidates:
  • Lyle Koenen (D) *
  • Andrew Lang (R)
*Incumbent
18 Senate District 18

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Scott J Newman (R) *
  • Amy Wilde (D)
*Incumbent
47 Senate District 47

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Darryl Scarborough (D)
  • Scott Jensen (R)
58 Senate District 58

Total spending: $514.2

Candidates:
  • Matt Little (D)
  • Tim Pitcher (R)
48 Senate District 48

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • David Hann (R) *
  • Steve Cwodzinski (D)
*Incumbent
44 Senate District 44

Total spending: $22,195.95

Candidates:
  • Paul Anderson (R)
  • Deb Calvert (D)
46 Senate District 46

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Ron Latz (D) *
*Incumbent
45 Senate District 45

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Ann H. Rest (D) *
  • Roxana Bruins (R)
*Incumbent
59 Senate District 59

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bobby Joe Champion (D) *
  • Jennifer Carnahan (R)
*Incumbent
60 Senate District 60

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Kari Dziedzic (D) *
  • Martin J Super (L)
*Incumbent
66 Senate District 66

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • John Marty (D) *
  • Carolyn Jass (R)
*Incumbent
19 Senate District 19

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Nick Frentz (D)
  • Willa Dailey (R)
  • Shane Wernsing (L)
20 Senate District 20

Total spending: $34,831.97

Candidates:
  • Kevin L. Dahle (D) *
  • Rich Draheim (R)
*Incumbent
21 Senate District 21

Total spending: $24,735.0

Candidates:
  • Matt Schmit (D) *
  • Mike Goggin (R)
*Incumbent
50 Senate District 50

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Melissa Halvorson Wiklund (D) *
  • Kirsten Johnson (R)
*Incumbent
49 Senate District 49

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Melisa Franzen (D) *
  • Mike Lehmann (R)
*Incumbent
61 Senate District 61

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Scott Dibble (D) *
  • Bob "Again" Carney Jr. (R)
*Incumbent
62 Senate District 62

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jeff Hayden (D) *
  • Bruce Lundeen (R)
*Incumbent
63 Senate District 63

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Patricia Torres Ray (D) *
  • Ron Moey (R)
*Incumbent
64 Senate District 64

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dick Cohen (D) *
  • Ian Baird (R)
*Incumbent
24 Senate District 24

Total spending: $500.0

Candidates:
  • Vicki Jensen (D) *
  • John Jasinski (R)
*Incumbent
25 Senate District 25

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • David H. Senjem (R) *
  • Dale Amorosia (D)
*Incumbent
26 Senate District 26

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Carla Nelson (R) *
  • Rich Wright (D)
*Incumbent
51 Senate District 51

Total spending: $46,605.75

Candidates:
  • Jim Carlson (D) *
  • Victor Lake (R)
*Incumbent
52 Senate District 52

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mark Misukanis (R)
  • Matt Klein (D)
65 Senate District 65

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Sandy Pappas (D) *
  • Jason Delmont (R)
*Incumbent
67 Senate District 67

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Foung Hawj (D) *
  • Krysia Weidell (R)
*Incumbent
53 Senate District 53

Total spending: $500.0

Candidates:
  • Susan Kent (D) *
  • Sharna Wahlgren (R)
*Incumbent
54 Senate District 54

Total spending: $514.2

Candidates:
  • Dan Schoen (D)
  • Leilani Holmstadt (R)
22 Senate District 22

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bill Weber (R) *
  • Brian Abrahamson (D)
*Incumbent
23 Senate District 23

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Julie Rosen (R) *
  • Barbara Ann Lake (D)
*Incumbent
27 Senate District 27

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dan Sparks (D) *
  • Gene Dornink (R)
*Incumbent
28 Senate District 28

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jeremy Miller (R) *
  • Jon Pieper (D)
*Incumbent
55 Senate District 55

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Eric Pratt (R) *
  • Ali C. Ali (D)
*Incumbent
57 Senate District 57

Total spending: $26,828.35

Candidates:
  • Greg Clausen (D) *
  • Cory Campbell (R)
*Incumbent
56 Senate District 56

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dan Hall (R) *
  • Phillip M. Sterner (D)
*Incumbent

Legend

  •   Up to $52,344
  •   Up to $41,875
  •   Up to $31,406
  •   Up to $20,937
  •   Up to $10,468
  •   No spending data reported

Minnesota Senate — Spending to benefit Democratic candidates

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2 Senate District 2

Total spending: $62,007.22

Candidates:
  • Rod Skoe (D) *
  • Paul Utke (R)
*Incumbent
1 Senate District 1

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Kip Fontaine (D)
  • Mark Johnson (R)
4 Senate District 4

Total spending: $28,419.02

Candidates:
  • Kent Eken (D) *
  • James Leiman (R)
*Incumbent
5 Senate District 5

Total spending: $362.99

Candidates:
  • Tom Saxhaug (D) *
  • Justin Eichorn (R)
*Incumbent
6 Senate District 6

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • David J Tomassoni (D) *
  • Skeeter Tomczak (R)
*Incumbent
3 Senate District 3

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Thomas (Tom) Bakk (D) *
  • Jennifer L. Havlick (R)
*Incumbent
8 Senate District 8

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bill Ingebrigtsen (R) *
  • Shawn Olson (D)
*Incumbent
9 Senate District 9

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Paul Gazelka (R) *
  • Jason Weinerman (D)
*Incumbent
10 Senate District 10

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Carrie Ruud (R) *
  • Tiffany Stenglein (D)
*Incumbent
11 Senate District 11

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tony Lourey (D) *
  • Michael Cummins (R)
*Incumbent
7 Senate District 7

Total spending: $311.36

Candidates:
  • Donna Bergstrom (R)
  • Erik Simonson (D)
35 Senate District 35

Total spending: $17,395.62

Candidates:
  • Jim Abeler (R) *
  • Roger Johnson (D)
*Incumbent
12 Senate District 12

Total spending: $362.99

Candidates:
  • Torrey Westrom (R) *
  • Russ Hinrichs (D)
*Incumbent
13 Senate District 13

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Michelle Fischbach (R) *
  • Michael Willemsen (D)
*Incumbent
14 Senate District 14

Total spending: $133,541.77

Candidates:
  • Dan Wolgamott (D)
  • Jerry Relph (R)
15 Senate District 15

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Chilah Brown (D)
  • Andrew Mathews (R)
32 Senate District 32

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Tim Nelson (D)
  • Mark Koran (R)
34 Senate District 34

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Warren Limmer (R) *
  • Bonnie Westlin (D)
*Incumbent
36 Senate District 36

Total spending: $166,361.59

Candidates:
  • John Hoffman (D) *
  • Jeffrey Lunde (R)
*Incumbent
37 Senate District 37

Total spending: $105,390.05

Candidates:
  • Brad Sanford (R)
  • Jerry Newton (D)
38 Senate District 38

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Roger Chamberlain (R) *
  • Pat Davern (D)
*Incumbent
16 Senate District 16

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Gary Dahms (R) *
  • James Kanne (D)
*Incumbent
29 Senate District 29

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bruce Anderson (R) *
  • Janice Holter Kittok (D)
*Incumbent
30 Senate District 30

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Mary Kiffmeyer (R) *
  • P.J. LaCroix (D)
*Incumbent
31 Senate District 31

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Michelle Benson (R) *
  • Ricky Englund (D)
*Incumbent
33 Senate District 33

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • David Osmek (R) *
  • Jay Nygard (L)
  • Sherrie Pugh (D)
*Incumbent
40 Senate District 40

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Chris Eaton (D) *
  • Robert Marvin (R)
*Incumbent
41 Senate District 41

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Gary R. Johnson (R)
  • Carolyn Laine (D)
42 Senate District 42

Total spending: $907.01

Candidates:
  • Jason "Ike" Isaacson (D)
  • Candy Sina (R)
39 Senate District 39

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Karin Housley (R) *
  • Sten Hakanson (D)
*Incumbent
43 Senate District 43

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Charles "Chuck" Wiger (D) *
  • Chris Belflower (I)
  • Bob Zick (R)
*Incumbent
17 Senate District 17

Total spending: $100,227.11

Candidates:
  • Lyle Koenen (D) *
  • Andrew Lang (R)
*Incumbent
18 Senate District 18

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Scott J Newman (R) *
  • Amy Wilde (D)
*Incumbent
47 Senate District 47

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Darryl Scarborough (D)
  • Scott Jensen (R)
58 Senate District 58

Total spending: $550.4

Candidates:
  • Matt Little (D)
  • Tim Pitcher (R)
48 Senate District 48

Total spending: $187,870.69

Candidates:
  • David Hann (R) *
  • Steve Cwodzinski (D)
*Incumbent
44 Senate District 44

Total spending: $176,824.16

Candidates:
  • Paul Anderson (R)
  • Deb Calvert (D)
46 Senate District 46

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Ron Latz (D) *
*Incumbent
45 Senate District 45

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Ann H. Rest (D) *
  • Roxana Bruins (R)
*Incumbent
59 Senate District 59

Total spending: $246.76

Candidates:
  • Bobby Joe Champion (D) *
  • Jennifer Carnahan (R)
*Incumbent
60 Senate District 60

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Kari Dziedzic (D) *
  • Martin J Super (L)
*Incumbent
66 Senate District 66

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • John Marty (D) *
  • Carolyn Jass (R)
*Incumbent
19 Senate District 19

Total spending: $351.58

Candidates:
  • Nick Frentz (D)
  • Willa Dailey (R)
  • Shane Wernsing (L)
20 Senate District 20

Total spending: $138,546.77

Candidates:
  • Kevin L. Dahle (D) *
  • Rich Draheim (R)
*Incumbent
21 Senate District 21

Total spending: $127,289.84

Candidates:
  • Matt Schmit (D) *
  • Mike Goggin (R)
*Incumbent
50 Senate District 50

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Melissa Halvorson Wiklund (D) *
  • Kirsten Johnson (R)
*Incumbent
49 Senate District 49

Total spending: $11,671.56

Candidates:
  • Melisa Franzen (D) *
  • Mike Lehmann (R)
*Incumbent
61 Senate District 61

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Scott Dibble (D) *
  • Bob "Again" Carney Jr. (R)
*Incumbent
62 Senate District 62

Total spending: $438.82

Candidates:
  • Jeff Hayden (D) *
  • Bruce Lundeen (R)
*Incumbent
63 Senate District 63

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Patricia Torres Ray (D) *
  • Ron Moey (R)
*Incumbent
64 Senate District 64

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dick Cohen (D) *
  • Ian Baird (R)
*Incumbent
24 Senate District 24

Total spending: $72,502.61

Candidates:
  • Vicki Jensen (D) *
  • John Jasinski (R)
*Incumbent
25 Senate District 25

Total spending: $362.99

Candidates:
  • David H. Senjem (R) *
  • Dale Amorosia (D)
*Incumbent
26 Senate District 26

Total spending: $362.99

Candidates:
  • Carla Nelson (R) *
  • Rich Wright (D)
*Incumbent
51 Senate District 51

Total spending: $10,110.5

Candidates:
  • Jim Carlson (D) *
  • Victor Lake (R)
*Incumbent
52 Senate District 52

Total spending: $8,167.22

Candidates:
  • Mark Misukanis (R)
  • Matt Klein (D)
65 Senate District 65

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Sandy Pappas (D) *
  • Jason Delmont (R)
*Incumbent
67 Senate District 67

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Foung Hawj (D) *
  • Krysia Weidell (R)
*Incumbent
53 Senate District 53

Total spending: $10,225.94

Candidates:
  • Susan Kent (D) *
  • Sharna Wahlgren (R)
*Incumbent
54 Senate District 54

Total spending: $363.28

Candidates:
  • Dan Schoen (D)
  • Leilani Holmstadt (R)
22 Senate District 22

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Bill Weber (R) *
  • Brian Abrahamson (D)
*Incumbent
23 Senate District 23

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Julie Rosen (R) *
  • Barbara Ann Lake (D)
*Incumbent
27 Senate District 27

Total spending: $5,399.8

Candidates:
  • Dan Sparks (D) *
  • Gene Dornink (R)
*Incumbent
28 Senate District 28

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Jeremy Miller (R) *
  • Jon Pieper (D)
*Incumbent
55 Senate District 55

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Eric Pratt (R) *
  • Ali C. Ali (D)
*Incumbent
57 Senate District 57

Total spending: $97,811.78

Candidates:
  • Greg Clausen (D) *
  • Cory Campbell (R)
*Incumbent
56 Senate District 56

No spending data reported

Candidates:
  • Dan Hall (R) *
  • Phillip M. Sterner (D)
*Incumbent

Legend

  •   Up to $187,870
  •   Up to $150,296
  •   Up to $112,722
  •   Up to $75,148
  •   Up to $37,574
  •   No spending data reported

Much of that spending is coming from a single group: Alliance for a Better Minnesota. The Democratic-aligned PAC has spent $2 million so far to on radio, television and mailers in nearly every competitive legislative district across the state (see MinnPosts 25 races watch this fall). On the Republican side, Pro Jobs Majority, which is funded mostly by members of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, is the only group that gets close to ABM, spending nearly $500,000 on legislative races to date.

Top 10 independent expenditure groups in Minnesota legislative races so far
Note: MinnPost did not include data that showed spending for or against a candidate in a different district than he or she is running in this year, or for candidates who lost in the August primary.
Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

Political parties are also spending big on the legislative races to either defend or regain the majority in the House and Senate. The Democratic-Farmer Labor-Party has already raised and spent more than $4 million this cycle, vastly outpacing the Republican Party of Minnesota and the four legislative caucuses associated with the parties.

State party groups' spending
Overall, DFL state party groups have raised and spent more money than Republicans so far, according to September 27 filings with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board.
Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

Campaign finance reports can help to illuminate a candidate’s strategy, but they can also be misleading. Districts with little spending now could still get a big influx of cash in the final weeks of the election. And sometimes the political parties pour money into districts early that are not core targets in order to force opponents to spread their resources out in more areas.

Cities like St. Cloud were expected to attract plenty of money. Republicans swept the area’s seats in the low-turnout 2014 midterm elections, wins that included Jim Knoblach’s defeat of Dorholt — by less than 100 votes. And in a presidential year like 2016, Democrats hope they can flip the entire district with higher turnout. Knoblach is now chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, a prominent position that’s also attracted more Republican resources in the district.

Independent expenditures in 14B
District 14B, in St. Cloud, has drawn more independent expenditures than any other Minnesota House race so far.
Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

In other parts of the state, Democrats are going after other prominent Republicans, including House Taxes Chairman Greg Davids in southern Minnesota’s District 28B. The district went for President Barack Obama and DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken in 2012 and 2014, but campaigns for the state House seat haven’t gotten much attention by the DFL in the past.

House DFL campaign operative Zach Rodvold said they are excited about candidate Thomas Trehus, a young local school board member who went to college at the University of Minnesota and decided to move back and live in the district. But Davids, who is serving his 12th nonconsecutive term in the House, said he’s out campaigning hard and feels good about his chances. “It looks like an act of desperation by them,” he said. “I think we’re in good shape.”

In the Senate, Democrats have also poured money into efforts to knock off Republican Senate Minority Leader David Hann in Eden Prairie’s District 48, hoping the combination of a strong DFL candidate and negative polling for Republican Donald Trump in the suburbs will help.

In Red Wing’s Senate District 21, meanwhile, it’s Republicans who see a pick up opportunity, and have launched a hard campaign against freshman DFL Sen. Matt Schmit. One mailer from Americans for Prosperity, a conservative outside group affiliated with Charles and David Koch, says Schmidt sided with Gov. Mark Dayton and supported the state’s problematic health insurance exchange. Both sides are also spending money in the area’s House District 21A, where Republican Rep. Tim Kelly is retiring, leaving an open seat that’s swung back and forth in national elections.

Several open seats in the Twin Cities suburbs have also attracted plenty of spending. Republicans want to pick up open seats in Minnetonka-Plymouth’s Senate District 44 and Minnetonka’s House District 48A, swing seats where Democratic retirements have made them more of a tossup.

Candidates try to break through

It’s hard for a candidate to compete with the money flooding into their own districts. Outside groups are on pace to spend more than $1 million in some of the most competitive legislative districts around the state, far more than any candidate can raise themselves.

In District 28B, Davids spotted an attack mailer in his district that said he voted to increase pay for legislators, which he did back in 1997. “They are over the top and they are silly,” he said. “That doesn’t play well out here. This is big city liberal special interest money trying to influence a rural election while totally disregarding the needs of the district.”

Dorholt is running his third campaign for the House since 2012, so he’s getting used to the intensity of spending.  Two years ago, there were 72 mailers sent out in his district during the campaign, 12 of those in a single weekend alone. He had handfuls of mail thrown in his face, and his mail carrier yelled at him.

Dorholt can’t do anything about it, but he makes sure voters know he wants to work on campaign finance spending issues at the Legislature. In particular, he wants to pass the Disclose Act, which would ask voters if they want to disclose more outside spending, including so-called “dark money groups,” which don’t have to report unless they use the words “vote for” or “vote against” on a mailer or ad.

“Campaign finance reform is part of my platform, and I’m serious about it,” he said. “The outside spending just adds to the cynicism that is already so intense. That is the biggest frustration for people. They say, ‘I’m sick and tired of the ads so I’m not voting.’ For me, that sucks the most to hear.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 10/03/2016 - 11:55 am.

    Dereliction of duty

    If you want to live in a democratic society, you have a civic duty – an obligation – to vote. Whining about the quantity or style or truthfulness of campaign literature is not a credible reason to not cast a ballot. Minnesota generally gets pretty high marks for citizen participation in elections, but there’s no reason to be impressed by those numbers unless/until they reach something in the neighborhood of 90 percent. I don’t think we’re there yet. People who can’t be bothered to vote, or who decide not to do so because they’re sick of political ads, regardless of the media platform being used, ought to pay more attention to foreign policy and think a little bit about the several countries on the planet where potential voters are routinely harassed and threatened if they want to cast a ballot. What we consider a right that we can safely ignore if it suits us is a rare privilege in some other parts of the world.

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