Rep. Pete Stauber recorded more than $353,000 in campaign donations in the first quarter of 2021, a replenishing sum made up of lots of individual donations as well as industry contributions across several sectors.
The numbers were recorded during last week’s deadline with the Federal Election Commission, and come at a time of uncertainty for the lawmaker.
Stauber, R-Hermantown, announced earlier this year he wouldn’t pursue a run at the governorship in 2022.
But with the results of the U.S. Census and pending redistricting to come, it’s also unknown if Minnesota will hold onto its eight congressional seats heading into the 2022 midterm election. Some projections suggest the state will lose a congressional seat. Stauber has not yet announced his intentions for the 2022 election.
Stauber’s campaign chest featured $37,000 and $34,000 donations from the GOP political action committee Take Back the House 2022.
In addition to sizable donations from individual donors between $250 and the maximum $5,800, Stauber received gobs of money from Win Red, which collects smaller individual donations for candidates.
On the industry side, Stauber notably received donations from a variety of aviation industry political action committees, including pilot associations and Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Stauber has advanced legislation which would improve the system that alerts pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight.
Other corporate interests contributing to Stauber: banking institutions; real estate, electrician and home builder associations; cattlemen; the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Cleveland Cliffs, ArcelorMittal USA and other mining and steel interests; Chevron; the seafood industry; the forest and paper industry; the National Rifle Association; big sugar; Koch Industries; Amazon; Microsoft Corp.; marine manufacturers and retailers; beer wholesalers; and employee-led PACs related to petroleum, Wells Fargo, and the defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
Stauber is a two-term congressman serving the 8th Congressional District. In addition to his office in Washington, D.C., Stauber has offices in Brainerd, Chisholm, Cambridge and Hermantown.
This story was updated at 11:35 a.m. April 20 to remove U.S. Steel from Stauber's list of donors. The American Iron and Steel Institute PAC and Steel Manufacturers Association made donations to Stauber's campaign. It was originally posted at 12:11 p.m. April 18. The News Tribune regrets the error.