Minnesota Rep. Erik Mortensen raised more than $90,000 in 2021, which he says is a record for an off-election year.
Mortensen’s campaign said the donations came from 300 different zip codes and nine states.
“The people have spoken loud and clear,” Mortensen said in a statement. “They want someone to go to bat for them. To stand up and aggressively say NO — to the mandates, the lockdowns, the overreach and overspending. They know hope is not lost as long as there are those of us willing to fight.”
None of the donations came from PACs or lobbyists, the first-term legislator noted. Mortensen was removed from the New House Republican Caucus in May for his criticism of other Republicans.
One of Mortensen’s favorite targets is House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, who said that Mortensen would not be welcome in the main Republican caucus. A group founded by one of Daudt’s former staff members spent nearly $5,000 against Mortensen during the 2020 election cycle.
Mortensen said this week that he’s “excited to take on another round of establishment backed cronies in the midterms next year.”
“With my record of fighting for the people, not politicians, I’m confident I can make it through anything they throw at us and get back to St. Paul to hold more legislators accountable,” he said. “I appreciate each and every voice and each and every dollar donated to the cause.”