Federal Candidates Rake in Big Bucks for 2014 Campaign

By KBJR News 1

Federal Candidates Rake in Big Bucks for 2014 Campaign

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNow.com) --- The second quarter fundraising hauls are in for incumbents and challengers who are seeking federal office in 2014.

Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District Rep. Rick Nolan raked in around $135,000, bringing his cash on hand total to $194,576 for his reelection campaign.

Stewart Mills, Vice President of Mills Fleet Farm, is exploring a run against Nolan as a Republican candidate. Information on Mills fundraising numbers has not been released yet. Mills entered the race on June 26, 2013.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Republican Congressman Sean Duffy raised $330,724, with a total of $479,751 in the bank.

Minnesota Senator Al Franken raised nearly $2 million last quarter and has $3 million on hand. When Sen. Franken ran for his current seat in 2008, he spent more than $20 million dollars to defeat Republican Senator Norm Coleman.

Sen. Franken has attracted two Republican opponents thus far, State Rep. James Abeler and Republican businessman Mike McFadden.

McFadden is in the lead in terms of fundraising, who says he raised $700,000 in the first month of his campaign to take on Franken.

In Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District in Central Minnesota, Republicans Tom Emmer, Rhonda Sivarajah, and John Pederson are running to hold the most conservative Congressional District in the state.

Emmer, who ran for governor in Minnesota in 2010 and lost to Gov. Mark Dayton raised $225,416 to succeed Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

“The strength of Tom’s fundraising numbers reflect the immense outpouring of support he’s received in the sixth district and across Minnesota,” said State Senator Karin Housley, Emmer’s Treasurer.

Emmer’s fundraising totals tops St. Cloud Senator John Pederson, who raised $35,000 and Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah fundraising total of $19,000.

More than half of Sivarjah’s money came from Harold Hamilton and his wife. Hamilton is a large Republican donor in Minnesota and is the founder of the Coon Rapids company Micro Control. He is currently chairing Sivarjah’s finance committee.

Some notable donors who have given to Emmer's campaign include: Bob and Joan Cummins, Stanley Hubbard, and state Sen. Julie Rosen who is thinking about running for Governor in 2014.

On Friday, former Republican state Rep, Phil Krinkie said he will be joining the race to succeed Michele Bachmann.

Written for the web by Nick Minock

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