WASHINGTON — Freshman Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., reported Friday that he has raised more than a half-million dollars since last NovemberÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s election, when he upset incumbent Republican Gil Gutknecht.
Walz, a rising star in the Minnesota DFL, logged a total of $565,295 in contributions as of June 30, the end of the second quarter reporting period. After retiring some campaign debt, he was left with $482,413 in cash on hand.
Walz said heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“humbledÃ¢â‚¬Â by the support heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s received since taking office in January. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I truly appreciate the outpouring of support,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
The strong fundraising figures also reflect the importance both parties place on winning the First Congressional District in Minnesota, a swing district that had been in Republican hands since Gutknecht was first elected in 1994.
Since then, Democratic leaders in Congress have made it a priority to protect freshmen who helped them win back control of the House.