WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson has more than $357,000 on hand for a potential re-election bid, according to a campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission.
The 12-term Democrat raised $164,000 during the last three months of 2013, according to the filing. That total includes $145,000 from political action committees (Peterson is the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and often attracts a lot of special interest contributions). Peterson has yet to say if he’ll seek another term this fall — he has said he wants to complete work on the long-delayed farm bill before turning to politics.
At least $154,000 of his contributions came during December, after Republican state Sen. Torrey Westrom announced his bid to replace to Peterson on Dec. 4.
Peterson represents a Republican-leaning district long on national Republicans’ radar, making him an early target for attack ads from, among others, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the American Future Fund. Peterson recently told Minnesota Public Radio’s Brett Neely that the attention he’s received has actually made him more likely to run again in November.
“I went from neutral to running again to 90 percent just because of this stupid stuff they’re doing,” Peterson, 69, told MPR in a story published Monday. “You can’t let these people be in charge of anything in my opinion.”
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