Minnesota politicians release campaign finance reports

Several Minnesota politicians released their campaign finance reports Friday, including U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who has $5.5 million cash on hand for her re-election bid this November.

Several Minnesota politicians released their campaign finance reports Friday, including Gov. Mark Dayton. The Pioneer Press reports Dayton, who also released his 2011 tax returns, has about $46,000 in cash on hand.

The Democratic governor doesn't face re-election for another two years. Meanwhile, others in races this November have much more money on hand.

The Star Tribune says Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison has nearly $143,000 on hand for his re-election bid for the state's Fifth Congressional District; while MPR reports Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has $5.5 million in the bank as she seeks re-election against Republican state Rep. Kurt Bills, who has $64,681 in funds.

The Star Tribune also reports that Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack has nearly $900,00o on hand for his re-election bid, nearly three times the amount of former state Sen. Terryl Clark, who is expected to be the top fundraiser among three DFLers competing in an Aug. 14 primary.

The paper also says Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson $819,000 in the bank for his re-election camapign against Republican Lee Byberg.

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