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Where 8th District candidates have spent their campaign cash

Candidates make a big deal out of where their campaign donations come from, but once they get their money, where does it go? The News Tribune reviewed the most recent Federal Election Commission filings for 8th District candidates to find out.

Note that the majority of the spending in this race has come from outside groups, most notably $7 million opposing Democrat Joe Radinovich and more than $900,000 opposing Republican Pete Stauber, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics. An additional $1.1 million was spent in support of Radinovich and $256,000 spent to support Stauber, according to the most recent data available.

The numbers below reflect the campaigns themselves unless otherwise noted.

Total spent

Joe Radinovich: $1.6 million Pete Stauber: $1.1 million

Skip Sandman: $16,609

Top recipients


SRCP Media, $332,184

OnMessage Inc, $113,500

Watts, $79,963

Pinnacle Direct, $74,143

Gusto, $62,408


Omnicom Capital, $1,181,601

Ralston Lapp Media, $51,133

United Strategies, $42,700.00

Actblue Technical Services, $42,458

Victoria Research & Consulting $40,500

Largest single expenditure

Radinovich: $298,717 to Omnicom Capital. Oct. 9

Stauber: $54,635 to SRCP Media. Oct. 11

Smallest single expenditure

Stauber: $1.96 to FEC Financial Inc. Dec. 4, 2017.

Radinovich: $1.45 to Facebook June 7.

Social media spending

Radinovich: Facebook, $2,945

Stauber: Facebook, $488

Top outside spending sources:

Congressional Leadership Fund — $3.9 million. Pro-Stauber/Anti-Radinovich

America First Action — $3.2 million. Pro-Stauber/Anti-Radinovich

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — $1.2 million. Pro-Radinovich/Anti-Stauber

House Majority PAC — $531,000. Pro-Radinovich/Anti-Stauber

NRA — $188,000. Pro-Stauber/Anti-Radinovich

Brooks Johnson

Brooks is an investigative/enterprise reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune.

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