Franken leads as state candidates tally their fundraising contributions

Published 9:32 am Wednesday, October 16, 2013

ST. PAUL — Government dysfunction aside, landing or keeping a job in the Washington power structure can be a pricey endeavor.

Candidates for the U.S. House and Senate demonstrated that again Tuesday with fundraising reports showing the collective millions they’ve raised and spent to seek elected office. The reports cover activity from July through September, seed money most will need to remain competitive by the time next fall’s elections roll around.

Al Franken

Al Franken

Here is a peek at the numbers:

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Sen. Al Franken now has $3.9 million socked away toward a 2014 re-election bid against a yet-chosen Republican challenger. In the three months the report covers, the first-term Democrat pulled in about $2.1 million.

Among Franken’s announced rivals, businessman Mike McFadden has reported the strongest figures so far. He collected more than $700,000 over the same period and has $1.2 million saved up. Some of that money is accessible only if McFadden secures the GOP nomination in a probable summer primary.

State Sen. Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen reported raising $120,000 in the seven weeks after joining the race, most of which she has in reserve and can use toward a primary.

Also running on the GOP side are state Rep. Jim Abeler of Anoka and St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg. Abeler’s report wasn’t immediately available and Dahlberg entered the race within days of the latest reporting deadline.