Walz raises more than $200,000 in 2nd quarter

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tim Walz had a sizable off-year fundraising quarter, according to his Monday FEC filing for the 2013 second reporting quarter. The report covers April 1 to June 30.

Walz, a Democrat is his fourth term, raised $202,712 and spent $115,229, leaving him with $173,877 in cash on hand. He started the quarter with $86,395 in cash.

He received $102,712 from individual contributions, $96,350 from PACs, $1,250 from bank interest and $900 from refunds.

The biggest contributors were the PACs for the United Food & Commercial Worker International Union, the National Beer WholeSalers Association, the National Association of Convenience Stores and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union. Each contributed $5,000. He also received $2,500 from Al Franken’s Midwest Values PAC and $1,000 from “AMERIPAC: The Fund for A Greater America,” which is one of the larger Democrat congressional leadership PACs.

Walz spent funds on voter activation network programs including $1,950 to NGP VAN Inc. and a combined total of $750 on its Voter Activation Network programs.

For the entire election cycle to date, Walz has raised $302,860 and spent $295,719

Benson not filing

Rep. Mike Benson, a Rochester Republican and the only announced challenger to Walz, did not file a report Monday. He said his campaign intentionally kept below the reporting requirement threshold so that it can have a full quarter of fundraising behind its first report. The next quarter reporting will be in October.

(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at jmoniz@nujournal.com)

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