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April 17th, 2009

Grassley Fundraising Numbers Down From the Same Time Six Years Ago

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Written by: Craig Robinson

grassley21Senator Chuck Grassley raised over $290,000 in the first quarter of 2009. Grassley ended the quarter with $3,091,161.57 in his campaign account. While those numbers are impressive, and easily out-pace the rest of the Iowa delegation, Grassley raised $330,000 less in this quarter than he did in the same period before his 2004 re-election.

In the first quarter of 2003, which is the similar fundraising period for Grassley’s last re-election campaign, he raised $620,670.37 for the quarter and had $2,168.907.38 in the bank. While Grassley almost $1 million more in his campaign account now than he did in 2003, his amount he raised in the quarter is off by almost 47%.

When asked about the drop off in fundraising between the current disclosure and the same period from the Senator’s last campaign, a spokesperson said, “Giving is down due to the economy and many donors are taking a breather after the most expensive campaign in history in 2008.”

Senator Chuck Grassley
Iowa United States Senator

Total dollars raised this period: $290,540.00
Amount received by PACs this period: $200,518.52
Cash on hand: $3,091,161.57

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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