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Coleman group to spend against Peterson

WASHINGTON — Add another national group to those spending on the Collin Peterson-Torrey Westrom race in Minnesota’s 7th District.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC chaired by former Sen. Norm Coleman, announced Friday that it will spend $500,000 against Peterson, including television ads in Minneapolis during the last week of the campaign. CLF’s sister group, the American Action Network, had previously planned to spend $750,000 against Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan, and it’s a veteran of 2012’s 8th District race, but neither group has spent in Peterson’s district before. The Peterson buy is part of a new $3 million spending spree on Democratic districts nationwide.

Minnesota’s 7th District race has become a hotbed for outside money this cycle. The Democratic and Republican campaign committees are spending on ads against Westrom and Peterson, respectively, and the House Majority PAC is working to protect Peterson, a 12-term incumbent. Even before Coleman’s group announced its plans in the district, outside groups had spent nearly $5.4 million on the race, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, good for ninth most among U.S. House races nationally.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 10/17/2014 - 01:53 pm.

    Sen. Coleman

    Norm Coleman ran for US Senate to bridge the partisan divide.

    I guess he’s chosen to become part of the problem.

    • Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/18/2014 - 08:48 am.

      I thought he became a lobbyist for mideast interests

      There was a report that he had become a lobbyist for mideast interests.
      Is he doing BOTH?

  2. Submitted by Nathaniel Finch on 10/20/2014 - 11:34 am.

    Whatever it takes

    Norm is selling used cars and swampland in Florida too.

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