Reps. Peterson, Oberstar fundraising totals seem right on track

WASHINGTON — Reps. Collin Peterson and Jim Oberstar today reported fundraising totals for the second quarter that might be small in any other district — say, the cash-flush 6th — but are right on track with the numbers that have propelled them both to easy victories in years past.

House Agriculture Chairman Peterson raises $188,395 in the second quarter, raising his total haul for the cycle to $839,000. He reported $739,000 cash on hand.

House Transportation Chairman Oberstar raised even less, just $119,204 over the past quarter, bringing him to $1.26 million for the cycle and $1.16 million cash on hand.

Neither man is known as a world-breaking fundraiser, for sure, but then again it’s never really been an issue for them before.

In 2008, Peterson coasted to 72 percent of the vote despite raising a total of just $1.1 million the whole campaign. Oberstar, meanwhile, took 68 percent in 2008 off a $1.9 million haul.

But they didn’t have to spend it all. In fact, both chairmen spent less to get elected in 2008 than they have in the bank today.

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