Kline and Peterson grow campaign warchests

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. John Kline and Collin Peterson reported strong fundraising numbers in the first three months of 2012 as both incumbents prepare for elections this November.

Kline, a Republican who represents the 2nd District and chairs the House Education and Workforce Committee, raised just shy of $1.3 million. His campaign’s bank account now has just over $1 million. The two DFLers seeking their party’s endorsement to run against Kline this fall have not yet filed reports with the Federal Election Commission, which are due by April 15.

Peterson, the 7th District DFLer who’s the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, collected more than $561,000 and has just over $752,000 in the bank. Peterson’s Republican opponent, Lee Byberg, has not yet filed his quarterly fundraising reports with the FEC.

As veteran lawmakers with powerful committee positions, both reported significant contributions from political action committees tied to companies and industries under their committees’ jurisdiction. Kline’s campaign raised more than $545,000 from PACs and Peterson’s brought in more than $460,000.

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