GOP, Gazelka lead fundraising entering campaigns’ final days

Senate District 9 candidate Paul Gazelka in particular, and Republicans in general were leading their DFL opponents in raising funds in the final pre-election report filed with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

Gazelka of East Gull Lake had received total contributions of $50,504.82 including a public subsidy of $5,654, had spent $37,538 and still had $19,125 in cash as of the reporting deadline of Oct. 22.

By contrast, his DFL opponent, Al Doty, of Royalton had taken in $41,969, including a state subsidy of $6,049, had spent $34,874 and had cash on hand of $7,096.

In House District 9B, which includes all of Morrison County except two townships in the southeast corner, Republican candidate Ron Kresha of Little Falls had raised $26,604, spent $18,238 and still had $10,604 on hand. Kresha’s DFL opponent Adrian Welle of Pierz has been unable to match that, having raised only $10,766, including a public subsidy of $2,871, spent $9,477 and had cash on hand of $1,289.

In Senate District 15, which includes the townships of Morrill and Lakin in Morrison County, the GOP’s Dave Brown of Becker had a clear advantage. Brown had raised $31,641, including a public subsidy of $5,888, spent $22,698 and had cash on hand of $11,167. Brown’s DFL opponent, Sally Knox, of Ogilvie had raised $16,164, including $6,973 in state funds, spent $8,005 and had $8,159 in cash for the final run.

In House District 15B, again the Republican candidate had raised more. Jim Newburger of Becker had brought in $13,744, including a state subsidy of $3,067, spent $9,955 and had cash on hand of $3,789. His DFL opponent, Brian Johnson, of Maple Lake had brought in $8,907, including state funds of $3,457, spent $5,126 and had cash on hand of $3,780.

The campaigns are still raising money, and contributions of more than $400 must be reported within 24 hours of receipt. As of Friday morning, two unions had made contributions after the reporting deadline. Doty received $500 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 292 Political Education Fund of Minneapolis and Johnson received $500 from the Pipe Fitters Local 439 of Minneapolis. Doty also received $400 from the Cass County DFL Party this week, and Gazelka received $500 from the Wadena County Republican Party.

State campaign subsidies are provided through the voluntary income-tax check off.