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Paul Gazelka spent more than any other Republican State Senate candidate or officeholder in Minnesota

Minnesota Republican State Senate candidates and officeholders have spent $2.1 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among state senators and candidates, Paul Gazelka has spent more than any other Republican.

Gazelka is the representative for Minnesota State Senate District 9 and ran for Governor of Minnesota in 2022. Gazelka raised $693,381 and spent $461,508 between Jan. 1, 2021, and July 18, 2022. According to Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board reports, Gazelka spent the most money with the following individual payees and PACs.

Paul Gazelka’s Top 10 Payees, (1/1/2021 – 7/18/2022)

Of the $461,508 in reported expenditures, $327,191 went to these 10 payees:

Total Expenditures Name Type
$142,787 Paul Gazelka Gov Committee (MN PAC #18702) ENTITY
$66,097 Arena LLC ENTITY
$30,430 Blake Paulson INDIVIDUAL
$24,250 Prime Media Partners LLC ENTITY
$20,669 Ann Papenfuss INDIVIDUAL
$11,015 Rapit Printing ENTITY
$9,917 Paul Gazelka Campaign INDIVIDUAL
$8,577 Mandy Heffron INDIVIDUAL
$6,782 Anedot ENTITY
$6,668 Josh Gazelka INDIVIDUAL

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Minnesota PACs submitted to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Paul Gazelka’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Jan Annual 1/31/2022
2022 Q1 4/14/2022
2022 Q2 6/14/2022
2022 Jul Semiannual 7/25/2022
2022 Q3 9/27/2022
2022 Q4 10/31/2022
2022 Jan Annual 1/31/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.


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