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Incumbents maintain sizable fundraising lead for Supreme Court

Yesterday was the deadline for the latest round of fundraising and expenditure reports to be filed with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

The incumbent candidates for Supreme Court maintained a lead over their opponents in contributions.

Chief Justice Lorie Gildea raised $30,755 from individuals, political action committees and lobbyists since Jan. 1.

During that time she also spent about $27,901 on her campaign on things like postage; campaign literature; food , beverage and other expenses for fundraisers and $20,000 on radio advertisements.

Her challenger Dan Griffith did not file a report as of this morning.

Dean Barkley is challenging incumbent G. Barry Anderson. He reported $5,524 in fundraising, all from individuals. He spent about $1,300 on his campaign on postage, mailings and fundraisers and listed an “in kind” donation of $4,000 for website design work.

Anderson raised $102, 574 since Jan. 1; $93,000 of which came from individual donations, the rest from PACs and lobbyists. He spent $65,293 on advertising, fundraisers, postage and other campaign expenses.

Justice David Stras raised $53,826 since Jan. 1; $44,326 of which came from individuals. He spent $50,806 on his campaign on fundraisers, campaign literature, postage and advertising.

Stras’ challenger Tim Tingelstad raised $4,683 since Jan. 1; $4,083 from individuals. He spent $5,753.31 on general campaign expenses.

Also of note in the recent reports, the Republican Party still has unpaid legal bills from the 2010 recount between Gov. Mark Dayton and challenger Tom Emmer. The Republican Party owes Minneapolis law firm Briggs and Morgan about $212,052. It owes attorney Bryan Cave of St. Louis $153,218.46. The party paid about $16,000 of a bill of $214,318 to the law firm of Trimble & Associates for recount work.

It also owes Golden Valley law firm Gurstel Chargo $200,000 for unpaid “legal services.”

The reports are available at the CFB’s website.

 

One comment

  1. Very interested to see how this develops further. Will stay posted, thanks for covering it

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