high-dollar run

More than $13 million raised in race for Minnesota’s 5th district


Antone Melton Meaux and Rep. Ilhan Omar

According to the most recent filings from the Federal Election Commission, candidates for Congress in Minnesota’s 5th district have raised over $13 million ahead of the primary, slated for August 11. 

Out of state: Incumbent Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has raised more than $4.2 million total, and has just over $700,000 cash on hand. Democratic primary challenger Antone Melton-Meaux has raised just over $4 million total, but has more than $695,000 remaining in his war chest. The campaign lists an unpaid loan of $75,000 from Melton-Meaux personal funds. Lacy Johnson, who is running in the Republican Party primary for the district, has raised more than $4.2 million, and has just over $850,000 cash on hand.

Pay-out: The Washington Free Beacon reported on Thursday that Omar had paid her husband’s consulting firm more than $600,000 in the first weeks of July. The campaign had previously paid Tim Mynett’s firm $1 million.

Prominent backers: Colorado Governor Jared Polis donated $1,000 to Melton-Meaux’s campaign. Other prominent figures backing the Democratic challenger include former Seagrams CEO Charles Bronfman, who gave $6,600; Baupost Capital founder Seth Klarman, who gave $5,600; president of Kraft Family Philanthropies Josh Kraft, who gave $2,800; and Biden campaign Jewish outreach director Aaron Keyak, who gave $250. Melton-Meaux has also received $100,790 donated through NORPAC and $352,648 donated through Pro-Israel America PAC.

On the attack: Omar launched her first negative ad against Melton-Meaux on Thursday, slamming him as being “a partner at one of the worst union-busting law firms” and accusing him of using “non-disclosure agreements to silence women.” Omar and Melton-Meaux, as well as a third Democratic candidate, John Mason (who has raised around $100,000 total) will take part in a debate on WCCO radio at 1 p.m. local time today. 

Public support: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) in her re-election bid, following her endorsement of Omar earlier this month. “Pelosi views both women as an asset to the caucus,” people close to the House leader told The Washington Post.

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