WASHINGTON – A few more campaign finance filings have trickled in. In the 3rd District, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen brought in $454,647 in the three months ending on June 30th. That brings his total fundraising this cycle to nearly $2.2 million, the most of any congressional candidate in Minnesota except Michele Bachmann, who’s in a different fundraising league of her own.
Paulsen’s campaign has $1,586,604 cash on hand, nearly $300,000 more than last quarter. The second term Congressman has been a very prolific fundraiser, especially since getting a seat on the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee in 2011. Paulsen’s DFL opponent, Brian Barnes, has not yet filed his fundraising paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. The deadline to file is midnight Eastern Time Sunday.
In the 4th District, veteran DFL U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum raised $90,401, on par with her past fundraising totals. She has $206,474 in the bank for her re-election. McCollum’s Republican challenger, Anthony Hernandez also filed his fundraising report with the FEC. Hernandez brought in $16,680 and has $5,026 cash on hand as of June 30th.