Peterson raises $165,000 in final fundraising period of 2013
January 20, 2014 — 6:14am
Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson reported $165,000 in fundraising during the last three months of 2013, but has yet to announce if he will seek a 13th term in Congress.
As the lead Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, Peterson is one of the chief negotiators on the farm bill. He expects to announce his plans after a deal is reached on the $500 billion dollar legislation that governs federal farm and food policies.
Peterson’s latest report leaves him with $357,000 in cash on hand if he decides to run again.
Republican state Sen. Torrey Westrom is running to unseat Peterson, who represents the conservative-leaning Seventh District in western Minnesota. Westrom has not made his fourth quarter fundraising reports public.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."