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Published July 24 2010

Peterson far ahead in 7th District fundraising

Incumbent Democrat Collin Peterson is continuing his fundraising advantage over the four challengers vying against him for Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District seat.

The 7th Congressional District covers most of western Minnesota, including Clay County.

According to reports filed by July 15 with the Federal Election Commission:

Peterson reported $188,395 raised during the second quarter of 2010, which includes contributions received between April 1 and June 30.

As of June 30, Peterson had $738,998 in cash on hand available to spend on his campaign, an amount he’s accumulated from previous campaigns. He’s seeking his 11th term to the U.S. House.

Meanwhile, Willmar businessman Lee Byberg, the endorsed GOP candidate in the race, reported $65,815 raised in the second quarter period. He had $48,479 in cash on hand as of June 30.

Byberg also reported $65,039 in debt, which includes $49,000 remaining from a loan he previously gave his campaign.

Alan Roebke, a Republican from Alexandria, is challenging Byberg in the August primary. Roebke did not report second-quarter fundraising.

Glen Menze, an independent candidate from Starbuck, reported $890 raised in the second quarter and $0 in cash on hand.

Gene Waldorf, another independent of Grey Eagle, reported $1,413 raised in the quarter and $4,261 in cash on hand. Waldorf also reported $25,450 in debt – the majority of which was from a personal loan to the campaign.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541