U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The Committee for Stronger Rural Communities, a super PAC set up by sugar growers to support the re-election of House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said last week it filed its first Federal Election Commission report for 2020, showing the political action committee has raised more than $540,000 to date.

“Contributions in the first quarter of the election year put us in a very strong position to support Rep. Peterson’s re-election, and we have a long runway ahead of us to raise more,” said Kelly Erickson, chair of the group’s steering committee. “We are going to invest whatever is necessary to re-elect Rep. Peterson, because he is the only candidate in this race for MN-7 with the record of independence this district needs.”

The super PAC’s April 2020 filing shows another $202,500 in contributions for the quarter, which Erickson said demonstrates the commitment to re-elect Peterson. The group is set up as a bipartisan committee to “champion a policy agenda to strengthen rural America by supporting federal candidates who can make a significant, positive impact on rural America,” but said that it is focusing only on Peterson’s re-election in 2020, “because of his leadership and record of accomplishment on rural issues.”

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