Press Release: CSRC in Strong Cash Position for Peterson Re-Election

FEC Report: Committee for Stronger Rural Communities Tops $700K

July 15, 2020 – The Committee for Stronger Rural Communities (CSRC) enters the summer having raised $716,603 since launching its independent campaign supporting Rep. Collin Peterson one year ago. The Super PAC has more than $266,581 in cash on hand, according to the latest filing with the Federal Elections Commission, having invested more than $450,000 in polling, advertising and media to date.

“We’re going into the summer with our prime fundraising period ahead of us, and we’ve raised more than $716,000 since we organized last July,” said Kelly Erickson, chairman of CSRC’s Steering Committee. “We’ve already put more than $450,000 into independent expenditures reminding voters of Collin’s record of bipartisan accomplishment, his effective leadership, and his independence from party politics. Nobody else in the race can claim that record, and nobody else has that investment behind them going into the campaign season.” 

Erickson said a swell of fundraising followed Peterson’s organization of a bipartisan response by federal, state and local authorities to a COVID-19 outbreak in a Worthington, Minn., meatpacking plant. The CSRC launched a radio ad, “Bull by the Horns,” shortly afterward. The Super PAC is launching another spot to remind people that Peterson earned the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Champion for Business” award for his pro-business, bipartisanship record.

“The reality is that Collin’s position is getting stronger. People in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District know that Collin puts them first, before anything else. He’s not a party hack. He’s not pledged blind fealty to any president or congressional leader. He’s not a single-issue candidate. Collin Peterson is always going to do what’s best for Minnesota’s 7th, no matter what, and that’s why we’re supporting him,” Erickson said.  

About the CSRC:

A bipartisan committee, CSRC champions a policy agenda to strengthen rural America by supporting federal candidates who can make a significant, positive impact on rural America. In 2020, CSRC is focusing on the reelection of Rep. Collin Peterson, MN-7, because of his leadership and record of accomplishment on rural issues.