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Campaign finance reports reveal $1M raised in Mpls. mayoral campaign to date

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Campaign finance reports released Tuesday reveal that more than $1 million has been raised in the Minneapolis mayoral race, the Star Tribune reports.

Of the 35 candidates vying the post in two months, former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew led all competitors with more than $272,000 in the bank from 1,200 donors, followed by City Council Member Betsy Hodges with $188,000 from 1,000 donors.

In a forum Tuesday night, Andrew said he'll need to raise at least twice as much in the next two month, "and that number could easily go up."

One candidate, former City Council President Dan Cohen (1967 to 1969), has raised just over $1,000, yet loaned to his campaign $285,000 for TV, radio and print ads.

The Star Tribune says the Cohen's money largely comes from the settlement with the paper in a lawsuit from the 1990s.

Other top fundraisers in the race include City Council Member Don Samuels, who has raised $101,602, followed by former City Council President Jackie Cherryhomes with $76,775 and attorney Cam Winton with $72,799.

The Star Tribune noted that Cherryhomes loaned her campaign $31,000.

Of the top fundraising candidates, all are DFLers, with the exception of Winton, who is an Independent. Cohen is also an Independent.

The Minneapolis mayoral's race burst wide open after Mayor R.T. Rybak announced in December that he wouldn't be seeking a fourth term.

Rybak gave his final State of the City address in April.

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