Tom Emmer announced this morning that he raised $220,000 toward his 6th Congressional District candidacy in less than a month. Emmer, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate and three-term state House member, was the first GOP candidate to file for the seat now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Emmer’s announcement was a preemptive one, as reports are not due to the Federal Elections Commission until next Monday. The Delano-based Republican’s total came thanks to more than 300 individual donors, according to his statement.
“I am humbled by the outpouring of support and generosity from across the district, from Lino Lakes to Ramsey to St. Cloud,” Emmer said.
Emmer’s campaign treasurer, Sen. Karin Housley, R-St. Marys Point, one of several legislators backing his campaign, highlighted the candidate’s ability to “produce a strong fundraising report that draws on a broad network of donors” within three weeks of his declaration, which came on June 7. Emmer’s Republican opponents, Sen. John Pederson, R-St. Cloud, and Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, have yet to release any information about their own fundraising numbers. Pederson and Sivarajah, both of whom are considered more moderate than Emmer, announced their own candidacies about a week after Emmer’s declaration.
During his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Emmer proved an effective fundraiser against Gov. Mark Dayton, who chose to self-fund his campaign to the tune of nearly $4 million. Emmer reported raising $2.8 million by late October of that year, and had hosted lucrative fundraisers with national figures like former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, popular Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.