Michele Bachmann, running for her fourth term representing Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional district, pulled in just more than $1 million in the month of July, easily surpassing her fellow Minnesota Congressmen and women in total fundraising hauls, as well as her Democratic opponent Jim Graves, who raised $64,000 in that period.
Minnesota House and Senate candidates took in more than $6 million during the second quarter of 2012, according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann raked in the biggest haul at $1.9 million. That's more than six times the amount raised by DFL challenger Jim Graves in the Sixth Congressional District.
DFL candidate and former state Rep. Mike Obermueller announced on Monday that he had raised about $252,000 over a two-month time period, the best fundraising numbers for DFL candidate in the second district in nearly a decade.
Mike Obermueller's race for the 2nd Congressional District was added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's (DCCC) targeted "Red to Blue" list of races on Monday, which could mean financial and strategic help from the national group.
Flanked by a half dozen supporters at the State Office Building, former Eagan state Rep. Mike Obermueller made his campaign against Congressman John Kline official this week. “John Kline hasn’t changed Washington nearly as much as Washington has changed John Kline,” Obermueller told supporters on Monday.
DFL-endorsed candidate Mike Obermueller filed to run against GOP U.S. Rep. John Kline in the state's 2nd Congressional District on Monday afternoon, followed not long after by 8th Congressional District candidate and former state Sen. Tarryl Clark.
The DCCC's announcement specifically placed Obermueller's campaign against Kline on its "Red to Blue 2012" campaign for targeted races.
Obermueller bested two other candidates for the endorsement after three rounds of balloting at Rosemount High School on Saturday. Dakota County Commissioner and former South St. Paul mayor Kathleen Gaylord and Northfield City Council member Patrick Ganey were also seeking the party's backing.
It wasn’t until the redistricting maps were released that DFLers became noticeably interested in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District.
The five-term incumbent representing the 2nd Congressional District reported nearly $1.3 million in receipts in his first-quarter fundraising reports, released on Wednesday. Just more than 40 percent of that cash was pulled in from political action committees, while about 57 percent came from individual donations.
A Northfield City Council member is seeking the DFL endorsement to challenge U.S. Rep. John Kline. Former state Rep. Mike Obermueller is also seriously considering a bid for the seat.
Gary Hansen doesn’t currently live in Eagan’s House District 38A, where he recently registered to run for the Legislature in 2012. He’s banking on the district coming to him.
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