Republicans outraise Democrats by 9% in Minnesota Senate races

Editor’s Note: This article, as published March 11, 2022, did not include data on individual contributions less than $200. It will be updated to include those contributions once it is available.

Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.

While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.

This article lists top fundraisers in the Minnesota State Senate, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the State Senate submitted to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. It includes activity between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

Top fundraisers in the Minnesota State Senate by party

The top fundraisers in Minnesota State Senate elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they are on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.

In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Foung Hawj – $36,650
  • Omar Fateh – $36,500
  • Dan Goodrich (District 33) – $32,250
  • Nick Frentz (District 19) – $30,850
  • Erin Murphy – $27,750

In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Karin Housley – $50,610
  • Paul Gazelka – $38,350
  • Jeremy Miller – $31,300
  • David Osmek – $28,300
  • Torrey Westrom – $25,900

Fundraising totals

Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $398,397 in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $434,827. Combined, all State Senate fundraisers in the January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, filing period raised $853,783.

The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 41 percent of all Democratic State Senate fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 40 percent of all Republican State Senate fundraising.

The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top ten fundraisers during this period.

TOP TEN FUNDRAISERS – MINNESOTA STATE SENATE (January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021)

NameParty AffiliationRaisedSpent
Karin HousleyRepublican Party$50,610$22,756
Paul GazelkaRepublican Party$38,350$72,230
Foung HawjDemocratic Party$36,650$7,519
Omar FatehDemocratic Party$36,500$21,014
Dan GoodrichDemocratic Party$32,250$7,205
Jeremy MillerRepublican Party$31,300$6,620
Nick FrentzDemocratic Party$30,850$25,456
David OsmekRepublican Party$28,300$7,719
Erin MurphyDemocratic Party$27,750$22,797
Aleta BorrudDemocratic Party$25,900$19,669

Campaign finance reporting periods

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate PACs submitted to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs. In 2022, Transparency USA will publish campaign finance data after the following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Jan Annual1/31/2022
2022 Q14/14/2022
2022 Q26/14/2022
2022 Jul Semiannual7/25/2022
2022 Q39/27/2022
2022 Q410/31/2022
2022 Jan Annual1/31/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.