Latest fund-raising numbers: Klob: $979,983, Kenn: $825,000

August 31st, 2006 – 6:26 PM by Eric Black

Candidates for U.S. House and Senate have to update their FEC reports two weeks before a primary election in their state, which for the Minnesota candidates means by midnight tonight.

They’ve mostly appeared on the FEC website by now, but one big one is still missing: The figure for how much Michele Bachmann netted from the recent visit of the fund-raiser-in-chief. Hope to have it soon.

The reports cover new contributions received between July 1 and Aug. 23. With no further ado, the numbers:

U.S. Senate:
Amy Klobuchar: $979,983.
Mark Kennedy: $825,000 (round number contained in a Kennedy press release. The official number hasn’t hit the FEC yet.)

Kennedy has still outraised Klobuchar in the campaign to date, by $7.6 million to $6.6 million.

House, 6th District:
DFLer Patty Wetterling: raised $504,952 during the reporting period; $1,345,251 campaign to date; has $800,450 cash on hand.
Republican Michele Bachmann: raised $419,241 during the period; $1,159,847 to date; $666,257 on hand.

But here’s the issue with those numbers. The proceeds from the Bush-Bachmann event, which Bachmann has said exceeded $500,000, are not included. They are in a special joint account that will be divided between Bachmann and the Minnesota GOP. They will almost certainly give Bachmann a higher total take during the brief period, and quite likely put her in the lead in funds raised to date and cash on hand.

House, 5th District DFL:
———————–Raised this period/total raised to date/on hand:
Ember Reichgott Junge: $184,171/$417,453/$102,863.
Keith Ellison: —————- $150,594/$317,842/$74,075
Mike Erlandson: ———– $143,665/$314,678/$78,670
Paul Ostrow: Hadn’t filed as of this writing.

Indep. Partyite Tammy Lee $29,913/80,662/$34,040.

Republican Alan Fine —–$75,448/$154,377/$113,607
The Fine campaign proudly notes that he has the most cash-on-hand.

17 Responses to "Latest fund-raising numbers: Klob: $979,983, Kenn: $825,000"

Wetterling v Bachmann says:

August 31st, 2006 at 9:24 pm

Patty leads the money race again (for now)

Eric Black has the round-up of Minnesota “pre-primary” fundraising numbers. Patty Wetterling leads Michele Bachmann $800,450 to $666,257 in cash on hand, and outraised Bachmann by about $85,000 for the period of July 1st – August 23rd. However, as ar…

Chip says:

August 31st, 2006 at 10:31 pm

Hey Eric, we’re got a race here in the Second, too, and also with Walz-Gutknecht. Don’t write us off by continuing not to cover us. Especially with the administration starting to melt down and the chance with these latest wild Nazi charges sending the whole election the other way.

Matt Johnson says:

September 1st, 2006 at 9:54 am

Yikes, Chip. For a “Republican”, you sure are giddy about what you perceive to be Republican weakness. I suppose Gil Gutknecht is one of those extreme Republicans, too?

And I sincerely hope the “Nazi charges” you mention are something other than what Pres. Bush and Sec. Rumsfeld have been talking about. Because what they’ve said about the Islamic fascist threat is entirely accurate, in my opinion, and I’m thrilled to hear them finally say it.

bsimon says:

September 1st, 2006 at 10:09 am

Hey, Matt, can you explain to those of us who are a little slow how the terrorists are “fascists?” Thanks.

Gordon Hanson says:

September 1st, 2006 at 10:12 am

I think the real story here is how much money Independence Party Candidate Tammy Lee has raised in her 5th Congressional District race. $80,000 is a pretty solid number for a candidate independent of the entrenched Democrats and Republicans. Sure it’s less than what the other candidates have raised through their established networks. But just like man cannot live by bread alone; candidates cannot live by money alone. Occasionally you need a good idea, too. Combined with Tammy Lee’s innovative proposals about health care, renewable energy research and access to affordable higher education, $80,000 might just be the start of waking the electorate up to a new way of thinking. If past history holds true, whatever Democrat emerges from the primary will just use all their money to march out their tired rhetoric.

bsimon says:

September 1st, 2006 at 10:30 am

Good point Gordon. The media need to do their job & mention Tammy Lee too, rather than characterizing this election as being decided during the primary, when the DFLer is picked.

Karl says:

September 1st, 2006 at 10:43 am


How about doing a little more research than just regurgitating the numbers the campaigns give you?You suggest that the Bachmann-Bush Millionaires Bash will put Bachmann over the top in the money department. Let’s look at what Cheney did for Bachmann:

The Bachmann-Cheney affair on Lake Minnetonka in June took in a total of $147,120 (that’s counting all donations to the under-the-radar Bachmann Victory Fund for the month of June, most if not all of which came from this event). Of that amount, Bachmann’s campaign only netted $31,210. That’s a meager 21 percent. The rest went to expenses ($56,458), which included a highly paid fund-raising consultant at $15,952, the Republican National Committee ($15,000) and the Minnesota GOP ($54,851).

Based on that formula–which is more valid than the BS coming from the Bachmann campaign–Bachmann will net $105,000 from a $500,000 Bachmann-Bush. That would put her at $771,257 cash on hand, still below Wetterling’s $800,450. Bachmann’s campaign total would be $1,264,847, still lagging behind Wetterling’s $1,345,251.

And another point: all that doesn’t count the amount the Bachmann campaign may eventually have to reimburse local municipalities for the extra security protection provided to her campaign at taxpayer expense.

L David says:

September 1st, 2006 at 11:08 am

Thanks Chip for the Walz-Gutknecht point. It will be nice to know how much Gutknecht will have to “swift boat” Walz.

Chip says:

September 1st, 2006 at 12:16 pm

Matt, being a Republican from the 1970s into the 1990s, and then a Republican leaning independent until 2004 was enough for me. Not claiming to be one now. I’ve gone to the other side — unfortunately the political climate has become one that demands people DO choose sides. May be here ten years from now, may not. Depends on the changing circumstances of the country, the world and the candidates and issues.

This Republican party isn’t the one I belonged to all those years. It’s not the one that elected Abraham Lincoln on the “liberal” notion of ending slavery either.

Times change, issues change. Try to keep up. Things are broke now, and a big fix is needed.

RLW says:

September 1st, 2006 at 12:16 pm

And what will the RNC and MN GOP do with the $, do you suppose?

And what do you know about whether Bachmann MAY have to EVENTUALLY reimburse local municipalities for security? It floors me that she doesn’t HAVE to reimburse them NOW, instead of having out-of-district taxpayers give her campaign an interest-free loan, if it doesn’t turn into an outright gift.

Ryan says:

September 1st, 2006 at 3:43 pm

I thought facists believed in a strong centralized governmental power structure- and terrorist groups, by definition are non-state, and in almost every instance are decentralized.

How is that facism?

Ryan says:

September 1st, 2006 at 3:45 pm

Fascism not facism… I will try again.

Karl says:

September 1st, 2006 at 4:36 pm

There are people looking into whether Bachmann’s campaign can be forced to pay for some of the public expenditures for her campaign event. Green Bay, WI, billed a GOP candidate for security costs of a Bush visit there. If they can do it, it’s likely cities or counties in Minnesota can do it.

Tiff says:

September 1st, 2006 at 6:59 pm

Hmmm…. Ember continues to out hustle the endorsee and the incumbent’s choice. Says something about effort and support, I think.

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