7 Investigates: Rep. Sean Duffy heads into election far out fundraising Democrat Engebretson

Published: Nov. 1, 2018 at 10:48 PM CDT
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Rep. Sean Duffy is headed into the elections far out fundraising his Democratic opponent Margaret Engebretson by millions of dollars.

Federal Election Commission numbers show since last year, the four-term congressman has raised more than $3.4 million, a fundraising high for Duffy. Of that total, Duffy’s spent $2.6 million, with more than $1.8 million headed into Nov. 6.

Most of Duffy’s individual donations, more than $420,000, come from retirees. If you combine the large industries donating to him, insurance, investment and securities, real estate and commercial banks,

together, they total more than $1.4 million.

While Engebretson has raised a total of $112,167.44 since she started fundraising in January, the Democrat had $31,574.94 cash on hand as of the end of reporting on Oct. 17.

Retirees are also Engebretson's primary group of individual donors, accounting for about $18,000. Overall, her grassroots campaign is relying on small donations from non-profits, business services and some health professionals.