Walz, Ellison keep fundraising edge over GOP challengers
Between Jan. 1 and May 31, Gov. Tim Walz’s reelection campaign raised nearly $1.8 million and now has $4.46 million on hand heading into the summer. Republican challenger Scott Jensen raised about $472,000 in the same period and had $663,000 on hand as of May 31.
ST. PAUL — Incumbent Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates for governor and attorney general continued to outraise their Republican challengers in the first five months of this year, according to campaign finance disclosures released Wednesday, June 15.
Between Jan. 1 and May 31, Gov. Tim Walz’s reelection campaign raised nearly $1.8 million and now has $4.46 million on hand heading into the summer, June filings with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board show. Republican challenger Scott Jensen raised about $472,000 in the same period and had $663,000 on hand as of May 31.
Fundraising figures offer a picture of where the campaigns stand ahead of the Aug. 9 primary election and the general election on Nov. 8.
In a statement, the Walz campaign said more than 80% of its donations were $50 or less, and said this was a sign of the campaign’s grassroots support and concerns about abortion rights. A U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion leaked last month showed the justices may overturn Roe v. Wade.
“Minnesotans know that Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. (Peggy) Flanagan will always defend reproductive rights from anti-choice extremists,” the campaign said. “Thanks to their support, our campaign will have the resources we need to compete in every corner of the state.”
The Jensen campaign said it has raised about $1.7 million since entering the race in March 2021 and said its support is driven by concerns over inflation and crime.
“From teachers to police officers, this campaign is fueled by hardworking Minnesota families who continue to financially support our candidacy despite crushing inflation and economic uncertainty,” Jensen said in a statement.
Jensen and running mate Matt Birk gained the Minnesota GOP’s endorsement at the party’s convention in May. Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan faced no challenges from fellow DFLers at their convention.
Meanwhile, DFL Attorney General Keith Ellison also continued to outraise his GOP challengers, Jim Schultz and Doug Wardlow. Between Jan. 1 and May 31, Ellison had raised $392,000, vs. Schultz's nearly $156,000 and Wardlow’s $204,000. Ellison also holds a significant cash-on-hand advantage, with more than half a million in reserve. Schultz has about $110,000 and Wardlow sits at about $36,000.
Schultz won the Minnesota Republican Party’s endorsement at the state convention in May, beating three other challengers in several rounds of voting by delegates. Wardlow, who ran for attorney general against Ellison and lost in 2018, is challenging Schultz in the August primary despite pledging to honor his party’s endorsement.