$2.9 million raised in the race for Minnesota attorney general

The general election for the attorney general of Minnesota will take place on November 8, 2022. In total, candidates running for Minnesota attorney general raised $2.9 million, received $710,000 in loans and spent $1.7 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and July 18, 2022. The Democratic and Republican primaries were held on Aug. 2, 2022.

Here’s the breakdown for the two candidates who are still in the running:

Active Attorney General Candidates’ Campaign Finance, 1/1/2021- 7/18/22

CandidatePartyContributionsLoansExpendituresElection Stage
Keith Ellison (Incumbent)Democratic$935,587.33$0.00$452,367.67General
James SchultzRepublican$409,262.66$70,000.00$295,963.94General

The remaining $1.6 million raised in the race for Minnesota attorney general went to candidates who did not advance to the general election.

Total fundraising in eight attorney general races in the 2022 election cycle

A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for re-election and number of candidates in a race, can influence donor activity. Here is how total fundraising by all candidates for Minnesota attorney general compares to the seven other attorney general races with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

RankStateTotal DonationsTotal CandidatesActive CandidatesAvailable Reporting Period
1Texas$30,761,1141131/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
2California$15,136,669.34521/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
3Arizona$9,199,0571331/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
4Florida$7,141,500421/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
5Michigan$5,276,457.07641/1/2021 – 8/22/2022
6Wisconsin$3,763,143621/1/2021 – 7/25/2022
7Minnesota$2,907,519821/1/2021 – 7/18/2022
8Ohio$2,867,606221/1/2021 – 6/30/2022

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.

Name of ReportReporting PeriodDeadline
2022 January Annual1/1/21 – 12/31/211/31/2022
Pre-Primary1/1/22 – 7/18/227/25/2022
Pre-General1/1/22 – 10/24/2210/31/2022
2023 January Annual1/1/22 – 12/31/221/31/2023

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.