These 10 Minnesota contributors gave over $12.5 million

In Minnesota politics, state-level candidates and political action committees have received $229.1 million in total contributions between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2022. The 10 largest contributors gave more than $12.5 million, or 5 percent of all contributions.

These are the top 10 individual contributors to Minnesota state-level candidates and committees in the 2022 election cycle, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board:

Top 10 Minnesota Contributors (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022)

Rank Contributor Name Total Contributions
1 Alida R Messinger $2,973,500
2 J B Pritzker $2,254,000
3 Edward W Snowdon Jr $1,050,000
4 Stephen J Cloobeck $1,045,000
5 Gideon Friedman $1,000,000
6 Wendy Munger $1,000,000
7 Vance K Opperman $883,500
8 Joan and Robert P Cummins $777,500
9 Merle Chambers $755,500
10 Lisa Primus $750,000

The list of Minnesota contributors in this time period includes more than 643 individuals identified by name in the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board’s public records.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Minnesota committees submitted to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal committees are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.

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.