In what will easily be the most expensive House race in Minnesota, Republican Erik Paulsen’s campaign announced today that he raised more than $600,000 in the second quarter of 2008. The state legislator has $1.1 million cash on hand to contend for the seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Ramstad.
Paulsen enjoyed a significant cash advantage over Democrat Ashwin Madia after the first three months of the year. At the close of the first quarter, Paulsen had nearly $700,000 in the bank while Madia had less than $200,000. Of course the Democrat was still locked in a difficult endorsement battle with state Sen. Terri Bonoff at the time (while Paulsen received GOP backing without a challenge), so the fundraising landscape was significantly more difficult.
Madia’s campaign has not yet released second-quarter figures, which are due by July 15.