SOUTHERN MINNESOTA - U.S. Rep. Tim Walz is continuing to top his GOP opponents in fund-raising in the Minnesota 1st Congressional District race, according to his second quarter FEC reports filed Sunday.
Walz pulled in $237,605 in the second quarter, which ended June 30. The total keeps pace with last quarter's $217,298, while bringing the total campaign funds raised this election to $1,466,453.
Comparatively, Quist raised $178,230 this quarter. However, Quist gave himself $170,000 of that total. His normal fundraising total is $8,320, a significant backslide from last quarter's $37,710.
Quist chalked the total up to his decision to forgo fundraising that quarter, instead focusing on the Aug. 14 primary.
But, Quist hosted a fundraising push on June 27 via a campaign e-mail blast and a fundraiser held at The Blue Fox Bar and Grill in Arden Hills. The e-mail stated that "our campaign is facing an extremely important fundraiser deadline at the end of the month." The funds raised through these events would have been within the second quarter reporting deadline.
Additionally, the e-mail claimed a donor was willing to donate up to $10,000 in matching funds for those that donated. Due to donation limits under FEC regulations, the donor could only legally be Quist.
The situation seem to underscore how important the new fundraising push by Quist will be for his campaign. He is launching a new TV ad and hosting a major Rochester fundraiser featuring Michelle Bachmann. Likely, the July 1 to July 25 fundraising totals will be reported Aug. 2. This report will give voters insight into how the different campaigns' financing is going just prior to the primary.
Beyond the funds raised this quarter, Walz spent $134,784, with $808,644 remaining on hand at the end of the cycle. Quist spent $47,414 with $165,214 remaining on hand.
Mike Parry had not yet filed his FEC report as of Sunday afternoon. Parry is is running against Quist in the Aug. 14 primary to be the official challenger to Walz.
All behind in
Parry and Quist have been struggling this campaign to keep up with Walz.
Last quarter, Walz's $217,000 was more than four times the combined total raised by Parry and Quist. This quarter, Walz raised roughly $20,000 over last quarter's total.
Quist's total, which is almost entirely self financed, is still $59,000 behind Walz fundraising, which was mostly direct contributors. Parry's report will have to bring in significant donors to keep the two Republicans close to Walz in direct donors.
Either way, Parry and Quist have been significantly behind Walz's previous Republican challengers in fundraising for the same quarter. In 2010, Randy Demmer raised $304,103. In 2008, Brian Davis raised $296,201.
In addition, Parry and Quist lagged behind campaign totals at this point of prior Walz challengers. Quist is at $218,160, while Demmer was at $375,695 and Davis was at $494,793.
Walz is behind his own prior fundraising. This quarter, he raised $237,605. In 2010, he raised $353,575. In 2008, he raised $432,586. His total raised for the election cycle is essentially on track with prior years.
(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at email@example.com)