Walz, Flanagan campaign announces more than $3M in off-year fundraising

Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan’s campaign office announced the campaign has raised more than $3.6 million in 2021, reportedly achieving a new fundraising record for a gubernatorial candidate in an off-year.

Walz announced his plans to run for reelection in October last year.

The campaign office reported more than 90% of contributions received were grassroots donations or contributions less than $200, and 94% of contributions were from Minnesota.

Educators made up the largest group of contributors, according to the campaign office.

For comparison, according to the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board, Walz’s year-end contributions totaled roughly $1.1 million in 2017, also an off-year, as Republican challenger Jeff Johnson’s totaled $262,923.

A GOP-endorsed challenger in the 2022 race will likely be identified in May.