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Davis loans $100,000 to campaign in race against Walz

By Edward Felker

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

WASHINGTON — Freshman Rep. Tim Walz, D-Mankato, reported another strong fundraising quarter on Monday, while his endorsed GOP challenger, Brian Davis of Rochester, loaned his campaign $100,000 to nearly tie Walz in overall receipts.

There was no announcement from fellow Republican challenger state Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna, who will face Davis in the Sept. 9 primary. Congressional candidates have until July 15 to file second quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission. Davis filed his on Monday, while Walz estimated his donations in a statement in advance of his formal filing.

Campaign manager Chris Schmitter said Walz raised more than $430,000 for the quarter and had about $1.2 million in cash on hand with no loans or substantial debts. Based on his previously reported cash on hand as of March 31, Walz spent about $254,000 during the quarter.

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Davis reported total receipts of $391,604 for the quarter, including his personal loan to the campaign and another $2,070 in personal donations. To date he has loaned the campaign $124,000 and donated $60,614. Total campaign spending to date rose to $237,476 and cash on hand, as of June 30, stood at $376,718.

In a statement, Davis noted donations of $268,380 from individuals in the second quarter, which he said indicated growing support. The majority of those donations, $238,671, came in amounts of $200 or more, which must be listed on the candidate's disclosure. Davis’s campaign manager Brad Biers said about 90 percent of the individual donors live in Minnesota.

Davis had relatively little support from special interest political action committees, taking just $8,500 from PACs. He pulled in $12,650 from Republican Party groups, including $5,000 from the National Republican Congressional Committee and $2,500 from the Minnesota Republican Party. Davis contended those donations, along with donations from 1st Congressional District Republican organizations, were a result of his efforts to unify Republicans behind his campaign, despite Day's decision to skip the nominating process and run in the primary.

Walz said he had more than 2,500 individual donors for the quarter, bringing his total to more than 5,000 donors for his campaign to date.

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