The special election in House District 90 between Republican candidate Stephen Burgmeier and Democrat Curt Hanson is now less than a week away. If Republicans are able to pick up the seat, they will gain a critical vote in the Iowa House that should help fend off a number of labor union bills that would devastate Iowa’s economy.
A win by Republicans in HD 90 would also create a tremendous amount of political momentum for House Republicans if they are able to capture the seat. On the Democratic side, a victory will allow them to claim that the anti-Culver sentiment that Republicans have been talking about for most of the year doesn’t really exist despite all of the recent polls that show that, for the first time in decades, Iowans would rather vote for a Republican candidate than a Democrat for governor.
House District 90 has been the sole focus for Republicans and Democrats since State Representative John Whitaker, a Democrat from Hillsboro, announced his resignation after being appointed to serve as the executive state director of the Farm Service Agency by the Obama administration.
House District 90 is located in southeast Iowa and includes all of Van Buren County and parts of Wapello and Jefferson counties. The district leans Democrat but is winnable for a Republican. Stephen Burgmeier, a three-time elected county supervisor from Jefferson County, is a great fit for the district, and his financial disclosure with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board (IECDB) shows that many Iowans and issues groups think that Burgmeier would be a good addition to the Iowa House.
To date, Burgmeier has raised $63,101.34 and spent $40,433.33. In addition the campaign funds Burgmeier has been able to raise, he has also received in-kind contributions of $56,286.61. The National Organization of Marriage (NOM) has also recently disclosed with IECDB that they are spending $86,080.00 advocating for Burgmeier’s election.
Burgmeier’s largest donors are:
Republican Party of Iowa – $15,000.00
Iowans for Tax Relief – $10,000.00
The Hawkeye PAC (Sen. Grassley’s PAC) – $10,000.00
Iowa Association of Business and Industry – $5000.00
Americans for a Republican Majority (Congressman Latham’s PAC) – $3000.00
Iowa Family PAC (Iowa Family Policy Center) – $2500.00
Master Builders of Iowa – $2500.00
Burgmeier’s report also shows that he held a local fundraiser which was very successful. That is a good sign that we have a good candidate who the local community supports. With the compressed calendar of a special election, some candidates might have forgone a local fundraiser, but it’s important to get local people invested in the campaign.
The most surprising development out of the Burgmeier race thus far has been the level at which the National Organization of Marriage has played. Having an outside group spend $86,080.00 in a state house race is very rare but especially so in a rural district. While many people wonder if marriage will be a major issue in the 2010 elections, if organizations like NOM are engaged in Iowa campaigns like they are in this special election, our candidates will not be able to ignore the issue.
The National Organization of Marriage’s support of Burgmeier is also interesting because the Democrat candidate, Curt Hanson, claims to support a constitutional amendment. Hanson also claims to support lower taxes and balanced budgets, but it looks like Republican-leaning organizations are finished looking at what candidates say on the campaign trail and instead are looking at the make-up of the legislative chambers. Curt Hanson is going to vote for Democratic leadership that refuses to let Iowans or even legislators vote on the issue. Good for NOM for seeing through the charade and supporting Burgmeier, who has been consistent on the issue since the Iowa Supreme Court issued its ruling.
While the effort to elect Burgmeier seems to be running on all cylinders, we need to make sure he crosses the finish line and Republicans pick up another seat in the Iowa House. Please do whatever you can to help add another conservative voice to the Iowa House.
Please contact one of the following people and tell them how you can help elect Stephen Burgmeier to the Iowa House.
Katie Koberg, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-971-4571
Mary Earnhardt, email@example.com, 515-778-5229
Mark Doland, firstname.lastname@example.org, 641-295-0135
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