|By Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The pre-election reports also show that the
But when it comes to outside interest groups, those that lean Republican are holding their own against Democratic groups, and both will be training much of their firepower on what promises to be a furious and high-dollar battle for control of the
While it's still early for outside groups to unleash their full might, the top 10 independent spending committees have amassed more than
Meanwhile, business groups and the conservative
"I think you are going to see the bulk of business money focused on the House," said
DFL Party Chair
"We are in an extremely strong position to help our candidates win elections up and down the ballot this fall," he said.
According to the pre-election reports, the state DFL and its legislative committees have raised almost
The two party powers are a bit more evenly matched when it comes to spending. The DFL groups have spent
Money chase ramps up
With the legislative session over and the state conventions done, the money chase now begins in earnest.
Since last year, Dayton has brought in more than
Dayton has agreed to abide by spending limits to get a public subsidy for the 2014 contest. That could net him an extra
His Republican rivals are locked in a four-way primary contest that will keep their names in the news, but could also drain their bank accounts.
For Johnson, who won endorsement at last month's Republican state convention, the weeks ahead will be filled with fundraising. He said he will need
Most of his spending went to win the endorsement. Half of the
But the Johnson campaign said the investment in attaining endorsement is paying off. "We have raised over
Zellers has raised more than Johnson --
Seifert, who jumped in the race late last year, has brought in about
Honour, a first-time candidate, has brought in more than any other Republican -- about
This year, his fundraising from others has dropped off and his personal investment has ticked up, according to public data. But the Honour campaign says it is working to turn that around.
"In the two weeks since I've joined Scott, I've seen tremendous enthusiasm from grass-roots activists and donors," said Sen.
Honour, who is independently wealthy, is the only candidate in the field who has not agreed to abide by the
If Honour wins the primary, Dayton and the
Dayton's campaign has spent its cash largely on staff and consultants. It also spent a little more than
"It's saving the campaign money," said
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