Munson Loan Increases Fundraising for Open Congress | Minnesota News

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State MP Jeremy Munson leads all Republican candidates in raising funds for the Republican primary for the ousted Congressman Jim Hagedorn, including Jennifer Carnahan’s widow, but only Jennifer Carnahan his $ 200,000 campaign from his own money.

Friday was the deadline for submitting revelations about the congressional campaign to the Federal Election Commission for the first quarter. They show that Munson raised $ 302,234 including his loan, spent $ 5,090 and had $ 297,144 left in the bank as of March 31 for the May 24 special qualifier.

Carnahan, the former president of the Minnesota GOP state, was further behind with the other Republican candidates, all of whom are portrayed as ardent conservatives. Everyone has been trying to organize since Republican Blue Earth died of kidney cancer on February 18. The winners of the qualifiers will run in a special general election on August 9 to complete the rest of Hagedorn’s term. The November election will determine who will take office in the 1st District of Southern Minnesota after that.

Raising funds does not guarantee victory, but it is an important indicator of who is making progress in the tight political season. Name recognition can also be important in an area where most of the candidates are not widely known.

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For the Democrats, former Hormel Inc. CEO Jeff Ettinger of Austin raised $ 148,384, spent $ 5,213 and has $ 143,171 left. Richard Payder, a former chief ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush’s White House, raised $ 22,226, spent $ 4,926 and had $ 17,300 in the bank.

Munson, of Lake Crystal, is one of four members of the hard-line New Republican Caucus, which left the main House of Representatives of the Minnesota House GOP in 2019 due to personal and ideological disagreements. He voiced support for conservative national leaders, including the chairman and vice-chairman of the House Libertarian Group, U.S. Representative Scott Perry from Pennsylvania and Jim Jordan of Ohio, as well as former G President Minnesota, Keith Downey.

Albert Lea Rural Lawyer Matt Benda was second in cash, raising $ 183,651 and spending $ 13,236, leaving him with $ 170,415.

Former state lawmaker Brad Finnast of New Ulm, former state director of the Minnesota Department of Rural Development during the Trump administration, raised $ 156,196, spent $ 5,980 and had $ 150,217 in the bank. It was strengthened by the approvals of the US representatives Michelle Fischbach and Pete Stauber.

Carnahan raised $ 151,396, spent $ 30,233 and has $ 121,163 left. He resigned due to fires as chairman of the state party last August, claiming he was forced to leave. He denied allegations that he promoted a toxic work environment and denied any wrongdoing on the part of GOP donor and friend Anton Lazzaro, whose allegations of sexual harassment led to his downfall.

State spokesman Nels Pierson, of Rochester, raised $ 111,050, spent $ 3,284 and had $ 107,766 in the bank. It has been backed by several Republican lawmakers.

The Hagedorn campaign raised $ 992,162 during the quarter, but disbursed $ 728,723 – much of it in donor refunds – and had $ 344,570 left as of March 31.

In another race that is gaining the country’s attention, incumbent Democrat Angie Craig has a big lead in raising funds over GOP candidate Tyler Kistner. It will be a rematch of 2020, which Craig narrowly won. The restructuring moved the suburban-rural 2nd District to the west, but did not change the political balance much, so they are both working hard to introduce themselves to their new voters.

Craig raised more than $ 3.6 million and spent $ 997,132 to complete the quarter with nearly $ 3.7 million. Kistner raised nearly $ 1.6 million, spent nearly $ 1.2 million and had $ 423,809 left.

U.S. lawmaker Ilhan Omar faces a Democrat opponent in the Minneapolis-based 5th District. The FEC has not released a report on former Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels, the campaign leader who defeated a 2021 ballot to curb police, but the campaign told him he had raised more than $ 350,000 and had more left. from $ 320,000. This final bankroll was not far behind Omar, who raised more than $ 1.9 million, spent nearly $ 1.6 million and had $ 492,972 left.

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