Kline raises $286K, Walz brings in $320K


WASHINGTON – With less than a month to go before Election Day, congressional campaigns are beginning to release one of the last snapshots of their fundraising before voters head to the polls.

In the 2nd District, Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline raised $286,000* between late July and the end of September and sits on a $1.4 million war chest, according to Kline spokesman Troy Young.

Since Kline’s bank account contained nearly the same amount in late July, it’s likely Kline’s campaign is spending heavily and possibly transferring funds to other candidates or to the state and national Republican parties. A full accounting won’t be available until Kline’s campaign submits its documentation to the Federal Election Committee before a Monday deadline.

Mike Obermueller, Kline’s DFL opponent, has not yet released his campaign’s fundraising.

In the 1st District, DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz’s campaign brought in more than $320,000 from the beginning of July through the end of September. That’s in the range of Walz’s past fundraising totals and he has just shy of $790,000 in the bank for the general election. Republican Allen Quist, who’s challenging Walz, has not yet released his fundraising.

In the 7th District, Republican challenger Lee Byberg’s campaign has raised more than $86,000 according to a filing on the Federal Election Commission website. Byberg has $74,000 for his attempt to unseat long-serving DFL U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. Peterson has not yet reported his fundraising.

* CORRECTION – An earlier version of this post said Kline raised $2.1 million in the third quarter. Kline raised $286,000 and has raised $2.1 million since the beginning of this election cycle in January 2011.

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