WASHINGTON – DFL Rep. Tim Walz’s congressional campaign raised $210,000 in the last quarter of 2011 and collected just over a million dollars for the entire year. The 1st District congressman’s campaign says he has $617,000 cash in the bank.
While official fundraising numbers aren’t due to the Federal Election Commission until Jan. 31, some campaigns release their numbers early to demonstrate to supporters, donors and rivals the strength of their fundraising.
Walz was first elected to in Congress in 2006 after defeating Republican incumbent Gil Gutknecht. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee views Walz as a “front line” candidate who gets additional financial and staff support from the national party to defend his seat.
State Sen. Mike Parry, R- Waseca, and former Republican state Rep. Allen Quist are seeking the GOP nomination to run against Walz.