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Minnesota Gov. Walz receives $6.3 million, with $8,000 donations topping list

In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz is the number one fundraiser in state politics in the 2022 election cycle so far. According to the most recent campaign finance reports made to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, the governor received $6,310,606 in total contributions and spent $2,642,137 between Jan. 1, 2021 and July 18, 2022. Walz is running for re-election in 2022.

Gov. Walz is a member of the Democratic Party and first assumed office in 2019.

Contributions to Gov. Walz

Of the $6.3 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 1.2 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Gov. Walz (1/1/2021 – 7/25/2022)

Rank Total Amount Donor Name Donor Type
1. $8,000.00 Brenda and Charles Kratsch INDIVIDUAL
2. $8,000.00 IBEW Minn State Council PAC ENTITY
3. $8,000.00 Justine and Robert E Haselow INDIVIDUAL
4. $8,000.00 Ruth and Alvin J Huss Jr INDIVIDUAL
5. $8,000.00 Sara and Josh Tuchscherer INDIVIDUAL
6. $8,000.00 Sara Kacey Pohlad INDIVIDUAL
7. $7,500.00 Jon Olson ENTITY
8. $6,400.00 Sita Kalpana Dash INDIVIDUAL
9. $6,000.00 Margaret J Skold INDIVIDUAL
10. $4,600.00 Jacob R Jagdfeld INDIVIDUAL

Expenditures by Gov. Walz

On the expenditures side, Gov. Walz reported $2.6 million, with 72.6 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping the list. 

Top Expenditures by Gov. Walz (1/1/2021 – 7/25/2022)

Rank Total Amount Payee Name Payee Type
1. $885,517.44 Cleansweep Campaigns ENTITY
2. $290,883.98 McCool Digital LLC ENTITY
3. $142,683.21 Internal Revenue Services ENTITY
4. $127,058.99 Nichole Johnson INDIVIDUAL
5. $101,026.61 Vantiv LLC ENTITY
6. $90,000.00 Blg Strategies LLC ENTITY
7. $87,220.00 Run the World ENTITY
8. $69,974.45 Edwin Torres INDIVIDUAL
9. $65,237.93 Haley Cobb INDIVIDUAL
10. $60,150.00 Ngp Van Inc ENTITY

How Gov. Walz’s fundraising compares to other governors

Among elected officials holding the same level of state office, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for reelection, influence donor activity. Here is how fundraising by Minnesota Gov. Walz compares to the 10 other governors with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Fundraising reported by 11 U.S. governors in the 2022 election cycle

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The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Minnesota PACs submitted to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Name of Report Reporting Period Deadline
2022 January Annual 1/1/21 – 12/31/21 1/31/2022
Pre-Primary 1/1/22 – 7/18/22 7/25/2022
Pre-General 1/1/22 – 10/24/22 10/31/2022
2023 January Annual 1/1/22 – 12/31/22 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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