State Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, says her U.S. Senate campaign raised $375,000 during the first three months of 2014.
Campaign officials say that’s a more than 300 percent increase over Ortman’s 4th quarter 2013 fundraising.
Her fundraising total now stands at $610,000. That’s well below businessman and political newcomer Mike McFadden’s $2.8 million total, but it is much more than any of the other Republican Senate candidates have been able to muster.
McFadden said he ended March with $1.8 million dollars in campaign cash on hand. Ortman has not yet released her cash-on-hand number.
Elbow Lake Republican state Sen. Torrey Westrom will be getting additional assistance from Washington in his campaign to wrest the 7th Congressional District seat from long-time Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.
Westrom, who was already part of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s ‘Young Guns’ program for promising congressional hopefuls, has been elevated to a ‘Contender.’
That means Westrom will be getting additional tools and support to run his campaign and mentoring from established Republicans already serving in Washington, according to a press release from the NRCC.
But pollsters aren’t convinced that Peterson is as vulnerable as the NRCC is making him out to be. For instance, University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato lists the 7th as a “Likely Democratic” as does the Cook Political Report.
The New York Times magazine looks at how President Barack Obama decided to support same-sex marriage. (The New York Times)
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is preparing to spend $50 million in support of gun control. The idea is to build a grassroots network of people who want tighter controls – a model that has worked well for gun rights supporters. (The New York Times)
WASHINGTON – The first TV ad of Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race will hit the air tomorrow with Republican challenger Mike McFadden taking metaphorical shots with a hockey puck at DFL Sen. Al Franken. The ad criticizes Franken for his votes that increased government spending and taxes as well as his support for the Affordable Care Read more →
WASHINGTON – Most Democrats in Minnesota’s congressional delegation saw their fundraising jump considerably in the first three months of the year even as Democrats’ fears that they will lose seats in the U.S. House and Senate in this year’s midterm elections mounted. DFL Sen. Al Franken and four of the state’s five House Democrats had Read more →
Welcome to the Daily Digest. Minnesota: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann endorsed Tom Emmer for the 6th Congressional District seat, which Bachmann currently holds. (MPR News) State Democrats raised more than Republicans in the first quarter of the year. (MPR News) Singapore, California, Washington, D.C. – just a few places the GOP candidates for governor drew Read more →
Businessman and political newcomer Mike McFadden raised $600,000 in the first quarter of the year, bringing his total raised to $2.8 million, according to McFadden campaign spokesman Tom Erickson. But McFadden also spent much of what he raised and ended up adding $100,000 to his campaign cash on hand. Erickson called McFadden’s first quarter 2014 Read more →