Minnesota Gov. Walz receives $2.5 million, with Brenda and Charles Kratsch as top donor

In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz is the number one fundraiser in state politics in the 2022 election cycle so far. According to the most recent campaign finance reports made to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, the governor received $2,453,591 in total contributions and spent $1,324,421 between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Walz is running for re-election in 2022.

Gov. Walz is a member of the Democratic Party and first assumed office in 2019.

Gov. Walz’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Gov. Walz

Of the $2.5 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 2.5 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Gov. Walz (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$8,000Brenda and Charles KratschIndividual
2.$8,000Mary L and James R SchwebelIndividual
3.$8,000Ruth and Alvin J Huss JrIndividual
4.$8,000Sara and Josh TuchschererIndividual
5.$7,500Jon OlsonIndividual
6.$6,000Margaret J SkoldIndividual
7.$4,426Stacey Mills HeinsIndividual
8.$4,000Afscme Council 5 People FundEntity
9.$4,000Al KamenIndividual
10.$4,000Alan G BraunIndividual

Expenditures by Gov. Walz

On the expenditures side, Gov. Walz reported $1.3 million, with 77.3 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping the list. 

Top Expenditures by Gov. Walz (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$422,635Cleansweep CampaignsEntity
2.$170,300McCool Digital LLCEntity
3.$87,220Run the WorldEntity
4.$70,003Nichole JohnsonIndividual
5.$57,753Internal Revenue ServicesEntity
6.$55,000Blg Strategies LLCEntity
7.$49,553Vantiv LLCEntity
8.$37,500Jones Mandel IncEntity
9.$37,478Haley CobbIndividual
10.$36,445Ralston Lapp MediaEntity

How Gov. Walz’s fundraising compares to other governors

Among elected officials holding the same level of state office, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for reelection, influence donor activity. Here is how fundraising by Minnesota Gov. Walz compares to the 10 other governors with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Fundraising reported by 11 U.S. governors in the 2022 election cycle

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Minnesota PACs submitted to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data 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.