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May 26th, 2009

Pelosi Coming to Des Moines to Raise Money for DCCC

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Written by: Craig Robinson

pelosi3Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is coming to Iowa on June 6th to raise money for the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The event will be held at the home of Rozanne and Jim Conlin at Des Moines.

So what is the going rate to have lunch with Speaker Pelosi? $30,400 a couple gets membership to the “Speakers Cabinet.” If that’s a bit too much, it only costs $10,000 to be on the Host Committee, $5,000 to sponsor the event, or mere $2500 if you just want to attend.

It is rare that a group like the DCCC would chose Des Moines, Iowa to raise money since it is very unlikely that Iowa will have a hotly contested congressional race in 2010. The invitation lists all three of Iowa Democratic Congressman at the top. While Congressman Boswell is the senior member of the Democrat delegation, his name is second on the list to Congressman Bruce Braley. This may indicate that Congressman Braley is trying to impress Speaker Pelosi by leading the DCCC fundraising effort in the state.

Also included with the Pelosi event invite, is an invitation to the Hall of Fame Dinner for the Iowa Democratic Party. This year’s special guest is Tom Vilsack. It is odd that a state party would include an invitation to another event that will be held a few weeks later. June is going to an expensive month for Democrat Donors in Iowa as Governor Chet Culver is also holding a fundraiser for his re-election campaign on June 11th.

It is likely that the Iowa Democratic Party is a little upset that Pelosi is coming to Iowa to raise money from Iowans that will not be spent to elect Democrat candidates here in Iowa. Pelosi’s event coupled with Culver’s fundraiser will make it difficult for IDP to have a successful event when they gather on June 27th.


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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