Qualls Crushes Phillips in Pre-Primary Fundraising
Outraises incumbent by over $100K, builds cash-on-hand advantage
Plymouth, Minnesota – For the pre-primary Federal Election Commission reporting period, Kendall Qualls, Republican-endorsed candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District, raised more than double in campaign contributions than first term DFL incumbent Dean Phillips, while increasing his cash-on-hand lead.
In the July pre-primary reporting period, Qualls hauled in over $177,000, besting Phillips’ $71,152.25, an advantage of $106,248.19. Qualls also added to his overall cash-on-hand lead, banking over $535,000 to Phillips’ $467,000. Additionally, Phillips, the third wealthiest member of Congress, still carries an unpaid $250,000 debt/personal loan on his report.
“I am exceptionally grateful to every one of the thousands of contributors to our campaign and am energized to see enthusiasm and interest growing each day, evidenced by our increased fundraising advantage,” said Qualls. “We don’t have Hollywood donors and Bloomberg’s millions like Dean has at his disposal, so we are continuing our grassroots efforts with tremendous appeal,” Qualls stated.
The Federal Election Commission pre-primary reporting period ran from July 1-July 22, with the Qualls campaign raising an average of over $8,000 each day in comparison to Phillips’ daily average of $3,200.
“In spite of Dean pulling out all the stops, including help from Senator and former presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, the Qualls campaign once again generated more grassroots support than the incumbent,” said Kendall for Congress Campaign Manager Thomas Knecht. “We’ve laid the foundation for us to do even better in the rest of the third quarter,” Knecht concluded.