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November 20th, 2009

Chuck Norris Opens His Home to Vander Plaats for Fundraiser

norrisIt is rare for a Hollywood celebrity to get involved in a political contest in Iowa, but Chuck Norris did just that when he endorsed Vander Plaats’ campaign this past June.

In his June column entitled, “3 Amigos Who Fight for America,” Norris wrote, “I encourage you to spread the word about these gentlemen and patriots, learn about their platforms, support their campaigns, and see to it that they are elected in their gubernatorial races. Theirs is leadership we can trust. I’m convinced that if we are to win back America, it’s going to start in the heartland and spread out from there because of the influence of leaders like them.

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Now, Chuck and Gena Norris are hosting a fundraiser for Vander Plaats’ campaign on their ranch near Navasota, Texas, which is 21 miles southeast of College Station. The event is a small, quaint $5,000-a-couple get-together. Around 40 Iowans are attending the event plus at least one couple from Texas, has learned. Apparently a number of private planes will be flying from Iowa to Texas later today. The event takes place tonight from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Should Vander Plaats be able to raise $200,000 for his campaign the event will be a huge success. With gubernatorial candidates under the gun to raise money before the end of the year filing deadline, Norris’ event couldn’t come at a better time for Vander Plaats.

In 2005, Vander Plaats raised $658,714.93 for his gubernatorial campaign. It will be interesting to see how that compares to Vander Plaats’ fundraising for his 2010 campaign.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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