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Big shot in arm for Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, has raised $169,595 since the June 16 campaign finance report, a huge shot in the arm for his campaign, since he was then down to about $33,000 cash on hand.

Since Jan. 1 he has raised about $234,000, including $194,000 from individuals, $15,250 from political party units, $2,500 from lobbyists and $1,000 from political action committees.

His campaign has spent nearly $280,000 this year.

His campaign had $122,886 cash on hand as of July 21.

“Our campaign is on track for a victory in the primary,” said Scot Crockett, Johnson’s campaign manager.

“We have an active voter contact program with primary voters, television ads are being released, and we are working with the Republican Party to get out the vote on primary day,” Crockett said.

“I am confident that we will win in August, and beat Mark Dayton in November,” Crockett concluded.

Here’s where the other GOP candidates for governor stand in the money race, heading into the home stretch before the Tuesday primary election.

Marty Seifert started the year with about $138,000.

Since then he has raised more than $198,000, including $166,000 from individuals, $19,500 from loans, $7,500 from political party units and $500 from political action committees.

He has spent nearly $266,000, and had cash on hand as of July 28 of just over $71,000.

The Kurt Zellers campaign started the year with about $116,000 and has since raised more than $265,000, including $207,000 from individuals, $20,000 from loans, $15,650 from political action committees and about $16,000 from lobbyists.

His campaign has spent about $235,700.

He had cash on hand of about $145,600 as of July 28.

Scott Honour started year with about $14,000. Since then has raised $1.16 million, including $800,000 in self-funding and $361,500 in individual contributions.

He has spent about $660,000, giving his campaign cash on hand of $542,000 on June 21.

The Merrill Anderson campaign reported donation of $10,120, all from individual donors, and total expenditures of a little over $7,800. The lion’s share has gone for Facebook ads and billboards.

Cash on hand on July 21 was about $2,300.

The campaign reported about $16,000 in unpaid campaign bills, all on a credit card. Vendors have been paid.

Whoever wins the Aug. 12 primary election will take on incumbent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who started the year with about $772,000 on hand.

Since then he has raised nearly $604,000, including $537,000 from individuals, $41,000 from political action committees and $11,500 from lobbyists.

His total spending from Jan. 1 was $531,600. His campaign’s cash on hand on June 21 was about $847,000.

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