Republican congressional candidate Tom Emmer announced on Monday that his campaign had raised $150,000 during the third quarter of 2013, and held about $275,000 cash on hand at the end of September. In an accompanying statement, Emmer, who is seeking the party’s endorsement in the 6th Congressional District, said the total of $370,000 raised since launching his bid in June had come from 1,400 individual contributors.
“I believe our donor list reflects the grassroots character of our campaign, with donations coming from individuals from varying backgrounds, regions, and demographics, from across the sixth district and beyond,” Emmer added.
Emmer started strong after his debut, collecting $225,000 in the first three weeks of his campaign and making himself the presumptive favorite in the heavily conservative district now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. Emmer’s first campaign finance report showed that he had received donations from prominent and wealthy conservative donors, as well as several Republican legislators.
Emmer raised less during the last three months than he did during his opening month of June, but his July through September total puts the former gubernatorial candidate well ahead of Sen. John Pederson, R-St. Cloud, who raised $51,607 last quarter and has about $40,000 in cash on hand. Pederson, a two-term member of the upper chamber, has staked out a relatively moderate profile since declaring his 6th District candidacy.
Former state legislator Phil Krinkie actually leads the current field of candidates who have reported their holdings, but that’s almost entirely because Krinkie loaned his campaign $300,000 of his own money. Krinkie made that announcement last week, adding that he had also raised $40,000 in donations, and would report more than $300,000 in cash on hand. Krinkie declared his candidacy in late July.
The fourth declared CD 6 candidate on the Republican side, Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, has yet to make her quarterly fundraising totals public. Sivarajah registered her campaign just days before the close of second quarter fundraising, and entered the month of July with $16,000 in cash on hand.
According to a campaign statement released on Tuesday, Sivarajah’s campaign raised $180,000 during the third quarter, but $150,000 of that came in the form of a self-loan. Sivarajah also announced that she has $184,000 in cash on hand, and said her campaign was gaining momentum thanks to endorsements like that of the VOICES of Conservative Women PAC.
“As I continue to travel the district,” Sivarajah said, “it is clear that Minnesotans are disgusted by the dysfunction in Washington and are looking for conservatives who have a track record of accomplishment — and who will be able to deliver real results.”