Minnesota Democratic candidates have raised $505,322 more than Republicans

In Minnesota, state-level candidates have raised $15.5 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Mar. 31, 2022. Democratic candidates have raised $7.8 million and Republican candidates have raised $7.3 million. 

Minnesota Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 3/31/2022)

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by donations (1/1/2021 – 3/31/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 328 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have raised the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal Raised
1.Tim Walz$4,650,631.16
2.Keith Ellison$540,931.88
3.Steve Simon$521,605.79
4.Kelly Morrison$74,967.75
5.Zachary Stephenson$72,661.25
6.Julie Blaha$71,837.31
7.Erin Murphy$47,361.29
8.Robert Ecklund$45,530.00
9.Aleta Borrud$43,978.87
10.Melissa A Hortman$42,226.00

Top 10 Republican candidates, by donations (1/1/2021 – 3/31/2022)

During the same time period, 283 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported donations for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal Raised
1.Scott Jensen$1,490,673.73
2.Dennis J Smith$1,013,414.81
3.Paul Gazelka$693,380.50
4.Kendall Qualls$545,395.75
5.Doug Wardlow$390,604.94
6.Dr Shah Neil$303,398.22
7.Michelle R Benson$276,511.75
8.James Schultz$200,795.00
9.Richard Stanek$149,052.67
10.Erik Mortensen$90,777.42

In some states, officeholders may accept donations to their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Those donations are included in candidate campaign finance numbers.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Minnesota candidate 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.