Minnesota Finance Summary
The 2020 General Election is on November 3rd
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Minnesota Government:

Governor: Tim Walz (D)

Lieutenant Governor: Peggy Flanagan (D)

Attorney General: Keith Ellison (D)

Secretary of State: Steve Simon (D)

State Auditor: Julie Blaha (D)

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  • Upcoming Elections
  • Campaign Finance Filing Deadlines
  • Legislative Sessions
  • State House of Representatives
  • State Senate
  • Term Limits
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Campaign Finance Snapshot
Total Contributions
Candidate Contributions
PAC Contributions
Total Expenditures
Candidate Expenditures
PAC Expenditures
Top Candidates
CandidateTotal DonationsTotal Expenditures
Tim Walz $876,241.27$272,548.66
Keith Ellison $171,222.34$296,971.17
Kelly Morrison $105,699.61$72,789.87
Karin Housley $94,550.00$31,089.74
Gretchen Piper $88,533.86$22,535.00
Paul Thissen $82,150.00$63,362.57
Paul Thissen $82,150.00$63,362.57
Stu Lourey $80,503.85$125,900.02
Greg J Pulles $77,399.05$27,532.38
Steve Simon $73,850.00$17,300.95
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Top PACs
PACTotal DonationsTotal Expenditures
MN DFL State Central Committee $7,377,871.00$6,162,723.73
Dga Victory Fund $4,013,274.31$2,567,150.96
Education Minn PAC $3,113,695.88$2,216,493.37
DFL Senate Caucus $2,672,872.71$1,971,345.92
Win Minnesota Political Action Fund $2,062,966.79$2,207,966.79
DFL House Caucus $2,056,303.41$1,532,624.19
Dlcc Victory Fund $2,047,970.00$807,954.04
Senate Victory Fund (Svf) $1,925,435.24$1,191,117.69
Afscme Council 5 People Fund $1,304,700.62$638,053.51
Laborers District Council of Minn & Nd Pol Fund $1,214,015.81$752,867.72
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Top Lobbyists

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Top Donors
DonorContributions
Alida R Messinger $1,254,000.00
Donald Sussman $1,100,000.00
Lisa Mennet $750,000.00
Edward W Snowdon Jr $675,000.00
Stacy H Schusterman $500,000.00
Stanley S Hubbard $411,500.00
Vance K Opperman $400,674.36
Paul Joseph Brown $350,000.00
Pamela S and James D Deal $329,350.00
Robert J Ulrich $296,000.00
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Recent Articles
Contributing Writer | 07/17/2020

Minnesota State Senator Karin Housley is a Republican serving Senate District 39, encompassing Forest Lake, Stillwater, and the St. Croix Valley, along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. She was first elected in 2012 and is currently serving her second term after being reelected in 2016. She serves as an assistant majority leader, chair of the Senate Family …

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Tracy Marshall | 06/04/2020

Welcome! This week we launched Transparency USA, where our mission is to provide clear, accurate, easy-to-understand information about the money in state politics.  What We Offer Formerly Transparency Texas, we have expanded to include campaign finance data for nine states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. You can search all …

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Tracy Marshall | 03/16/2020

In Sunday night’s Democratic presidential debate, frontrunner Joe Biden renewed his call for eliminating private money from elections and instead having federally-funded campaigns. Candidates from both sides of the aisle are increasingly interested in having the government fund their election efforts. Here are five reasons why more government control is the wrong way to make campaigns …

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Tracy Marshall | 03/09/2020

Super Tuesday’s biggest loser? The narrative that money can buy an election.  From the top of the ballot to the bottom, voters proved again and again they won’t be swayed by money alone. Here are some glaring examples: The most infamous case is Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, who spent north of $500 million yet …

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Tracy Marshall | 10/09/2019

Bernie Sanders’ recent heart attack may be keeping him off the campaign trail for a while, but he is still an active presence in the race for Democratic frontrunner. Just this week, he rolled out a multi-pronged plan designed to limit the influence of money in politics. State politics are Transparency Texas’ primary focus, but …