Republican congressional candidate Randy Demmer raised $303,641 in the second quarter of 2010, according to his campaign. He has more than $251,000 in cash on hand and has raised a total of more than $375,000 during his election cycle.
Demmer is challenging incumbent DFL Congressman Tim Walz. Fundraising for Walz's re-election campaign are not yet available, but a campaign spokesman said they plan to release them later this afternoon. Fundraising information is also not available yet for Independence Party candidate Steven Wilson and Lars Johnson, who has no party affiliation.
In a news release, Demmer is quoted as saying the campaign contributions exceeded the the campaign's fundraising goals.
"We still have a lot of work to do, but thanks to over 1,000 separate contributors, we are on track and well-positioned heading into the next phase of the campaign," Demmer said.
During the 2008 election, GOP candidate Brian Davis had more than $381,000 in cash on hand at this point in the campaign, which is more than Demmer has at this point. But Davis' contributions included a $124,000 loan from himself to the campaign and an additional $60,000 that he gave to the campaign. Demmer's campaign manager Jason Flohrs said all of the money raised during the 2nd quarter came from donors with no money coming from the candidate.