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Minnesota Democratic candidates have spent $5.4 million more than Republicans

In Minnesota, state-level candidates have spent $40.4 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Oct. 24, 2022. Democratic candidates have spent $22.4 million and Republican candidates have spent $17 million. 

Minnesota Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 10/24/2022)

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 10/24/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 410 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the Minnesota Secretary of State. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have spent the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal spent
1.Tim Walz$9,905,440.30
2.Keith Ellison$1,763,302.73
3.Steve Simon$1,170,345.02
4.Julie Blaha$272,429.52
5.Kelly Morrison$251,883.72
6.Aleta Borrud$201,379.69
7.Erin Murphy$199,787.28
8.Lauren Bresnahan$169,622.81
9.Jamie Long$157,810.02
10.Bonnie S Westlin$153,378.20

Top 10 Republican candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 10/24/2022)

During the same time period, 368 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the Minnesota Secretary of State. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported expenditures for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal spent
1.Scott Jensen$5,319,258.22
2.James Schultz$1,078,267.58
3.Kendall Qualls$646,219.29
4.Doug Wardlow$524,555.52
5.Ryan Wilson$441,969.13
6.Paul Gazelka$386,649.20
7.Dennis J Smith$376,890.12
8.Michelle R Benson$370,795.80
9.Kathleen Fowke$311,614.13
10.Kim Crockett$286,378.95

In some states, officeholders may make expenditures from their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Those expenditures 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 Secretary of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

StateReport NameDue Date
MN2022 Jan Annual1/31/2022
MN2022 Q14/14/2022
MN2022 Q26/14/2022
MN2022 Jul Semiannual7/25/2022
MN2022 Q39/27/2022
MN2022 Q410/31/2022
MN2022 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.



Campaign finance deadline today in Minnesota

Candidates and organizations involved in Minnesota’s statewide elections must file campaign finance information by October 31, 2022. The general election will take place in Minnesota on November 8, 2022.

What state-level offices are on the ballot this year in Minnesota?

Want to review the campaign finance data in Minnesota so far? Click here to explore the data on Transparency USA.

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. 



Minnesota Democratic candidates have raised $2.2 million more than Republicans

In Minnesota, state-level candidates have raised $33 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Sept. 20, 2022. Democratic candidates have raised $17.1 million and Republican candidates have raised $14.9 million. 

Minnesota Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 9/20/2022)

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by donations (1/1/2021 – 9/20/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 404 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$8,048,831.64
2.Keith Ellison$1,537,647.31
3.Steve Simon$1,200,249.96
4.Julie Blaha$295,194.30
5.Kelly Morrison$245,776.17
6.Lauren Bresnahan$127,995.30
7.Aleta Borrud$117,888.14
8.Melissa A Hortman$102,676.67
9.Dan Wolgamott$102,674.71
10.Grant Hauschild$100,655.21

Top 10 Republican candidates, by donations (1/1/2021 – 9/20/2022)

During the same time period, 361 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$4,835,444.27
2.Dennis J Smith$1,021,833.05
3.James Schultz$884,749.98
4.Paul Gazelka$693,380.50
5.Kendall Qualls$678,493.77
6.Doug Wardlow$516,963.24
7.Ryan Wilson$351,285.03
8.Michelle R Benson$305,876.01
9.Dr Shah Neil$303,398.22
10.Kathleen Fowke$192,652.00

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 First Report4/14/2022
2022 Second Report6/14/2022
2022 Third Report7/25/2022
9/27/2022
2022 Fourth Report
2022 Fifth Report10/31/2022
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.



These are the most expensive contested elections in the Minnesota Senate

Elections for all 67 seats in the Minnesota State Senate will take place on Nov. 8, 2022.

This article details the five most expensive contested general elections in the State Senate.

This information comes from candidate reports to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board covering the period of Jan. 1, 2021, through July 18, 2022.

Five general elections with the most fundraising

#1 District 45 – $439,228

Kelly Morrison (D) raised $246,576 and Kathleen Fowke (R) raised $192,652.

#2 District 24 – $162,494

Incumbent Carla Nelson (R) raised $44,606 and Aleta Borrud (D) raised $117,888.

#3 District 36 – $134,057

Incumbent Roger Chamberlain (R) raised $66,160 and Heather Gustafson (D) raised $67,897.

#4 District 3 – $133,746

Grant Hauschild (D) raised $100,655 and Andrea Zupancich (R) raised $33,091.

#5 District 14 – $124,636

Incumbent Aric Putnam (D) raised $81,181 and Tama Theis (R) raised $43,455.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Minnesota PACs 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 PACs are not required to report to state agencies.

Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports. Data from additional reports due in between the deadlines below are published along with the reports listed here.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Jan Annual 1/31/2022
2022 Q1 4/14/2022
2022 Q2 6/14/2022
2022 Jul Semiannual 7/25/2022
2022 Q3 9/27/2022
2022 Q4 10/31/2022
2022 Jan Annual 1/31/2023

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.



These are the most expensive contested elections in the Minnesota House

Elections for all 134 seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives will take place on Nov. 8, 2022.

This article details the five most expensive contested general elections in the House of Representatives.

This information comes from candidate reports to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board covering the period of Jan. 1, 2021, through July 18, 2022.

Five general elections with the most fundraising

#1 District 54A – $169,936

Incumbent Erik Mortensen (R) raised $115,776, Brad Tabke (D) raised $54,160, and Ryan Martin (U) raised $0.

#2 District 35A – $117,241

Incumbent John Heinrich (R) raised $18,935 and Incumbent Zack Stephenson (D) raised $98,306.

#3 District 34B – $102,677

Incumbent Melissa Hortman (D) raised $102,677 and Scott Simmons (R) raised $0.

#4 District 7B – $102,015

Incumbent Dave Lislegard (D) raised $38,141 and Matt Norri (R) raised $63,874.

#5 District 42B – $98,773

Incumbent Ginny Klevorn (D) raised $76,802 and Jackie Schroeder (R) raised $21,972.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Minnesota PACs 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 PACs are not required to report to state agencies.

Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports. Data from additional reports due in between the deadlines below are published along with the reports listed here.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Jan Annual 1/31/2022
2022 Q1 4/14/2022
2022 Q2 6/14/2022
2022 Jul Semiannual 7/25/2022
2022 Q3 9/27/2022
2022 Q4 10/31/2022
2022 Jan Annual 1/31/2023

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.



All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 47 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 47 — Nicole Mitchell (D) and Dwight Dorau (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Mitchell:       

  • “I support our teachers and our public schools. As a mother and foster parent to a special needs child, I believe every student deserves a world–class education.”
  • “I will protect our environment and work to mitigate the impacts of climate change, impacts which I am uniquely aware of as a meteorologist.”
  • “I will work to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans. This means ensuring affordable and accessible healthcare, making sure that women retain the freedom to make their own reproductive decisions, and helping to keep our communities safe from gun violence.”

Dorau:

  • “I will vote for tougher criminal sentencing and I will fully fund our law enforcement agencies. I oppose de-funding police efforts.”
  • “I will vote for across-the-board tax cuts for Minnesota families and businesses. The inflation we have witnessed in the past two years has forced over 60 percent of Americans to live paycheck to paycheck, with many taking on added credit card debt to make ends meet.”
  • “I understand the crucial importance of public education in Minnesota–it’s our greatest legacy.”

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All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 42 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 42 — Bonnie Westlin (D) and Paul Hillen (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Westlin:   

  • “In our community, we believe every person should have the freedom to decide when and if to have a family; to vote for the government they want and deserve; and to marry the preson they love.”
  • “As a single mom, I understand the burdens that higher prices put on our family budgets. We have seen wealthy corporations use the pandemic to engage in price gouging resulting in record profits, while working people struggle to make ends meet. Wealthy corporations need to pay what they owe and contribute to the costs of a high quality public education system, infrastructure and the many other benefits they receive in Minnesota.”
  • “Our schools should have increased funding, higher teacher pay, and more school counselors to support our children. Extremists want to ban books, attack school boards and teachers, and instill extremist ideology in classrooms, driving many good educators away from teaching.”

Hillen:

  • “I will address the high cost of living. Gas prices are up 60% since last year. Inflation is costing MN families over $830/month. MN has the 5th highest tax collections per person and is ranked near last at 45th out of 50 for business taxes.” 
  • “I will bring a common-sense approach and work to (a) ensure existing laws are enforced, (b) stop arrest and release and no cash bail policies, (c) fully fund and support the police, (d) create a juvenile justice system that teaches kids to be responsible for their actions, and helps get them back on track, and (e) make our schools safe.”
  • “I will work to (a) create a focus on core academics & evidence-based methods, (b) eliminate political, ideological, & opinion-based curriculum, let’s let parents raise their kids, (c) push for legislative approval of academic standards, and (d) improve equality of opportunity for all students and families by expanding school choice.”

Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

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All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 40 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 40 — incumbent John Marty (D) and Rachel Japuntich (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

Marty:           

“I am passionate about protecting our democracy and giving people a voice. If we work together, we can build a better future for all. I know we can make our communities safer so people don’t need to worry about violent crime; I know that we can provide healthcare for all, a clean environment, and a fair shake for those who have been left behind.”

Japuntich:

“I am passionate about building a better future for Minnesota families through improving education, improving public safety, and reducing financial tax burdens. I am a new leader with new ideas and will collaborate to solve the problems our state is facing right now.”

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All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 32 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 32 — Kate Luthner (D) and Michael Kreun (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Luthner:           

  • “Public education funding is my top priority.”
  • “Reproductive rights need to be protected in our state”
  • “In all things; equity and ethics”

Kreun:

  • “I will secure funding to improve Highway 65 in Blaine and Ham Lake to relieve congestion and improve safety.”
  • “I support providing tax relief to all Minnesotans, including the elimination of the state tax on social security.”
  • “I will support law enforcement and get Minnesota’s unacceptable crime rate under control.”   

Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

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All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 24 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 24 — incumbent Carla Nelson (R) and Aleta Borrud (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Nelson:       

  • “Inflation Relief Package: Inflation is eating away at Minnesotan’s ability to feed their family, heat their homes and fill up their gas tanks.”
  • “Safe Streets,Schools and Communities: I will champion efforts that support our men and women in uniform. I supported new programs to increase funding for police recruitment and retention along with efforts to hold criminals accountable.”
  • “Excellence in Education: Students, staff and families suffered greatly during Covid. I will continue to prioritize excellence in education with a focus on proven reading and math strategies, increased parent involvement and school linked mental health.”

Milanowski:

  • “Healthcare costs and access burden most people across Minnesota, but especially the self-employed, small business owners, and farmers.”
  • “The quality of public schools in Minnesota has been a backbone of our economic success, a source of pride for communities, and a draw for businesses seeking an educated workforce.”
  • “Minnesota’s healthy landscapes and abundant natural resources are an asset that draws people to our state and holds them here. It is our heritage and one of our most valuable assets, whether it is the rich soil of our working farmlands or the forests and waters that provide recreation.”       

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