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Coleman group to spend against Peterson

The group, the Congressional Leadership Fund, will spend $500,000 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.

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