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September 18th, 2009

Rod Roberts Raises $50,000 at Kick-Off Fundraiser

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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robertsRepublican gubernatorial candidate Rod Roberts raised over $50,000 this evening in a fundraiser in Carroll. More than 100 individual supporters contributed at the fundraiser, which kicked off Roberts’s fall fundraising efforts.

“We are extraordinarily pleased with how successful tonight’s fundraiser was,” said Roberts, a five-term State Representative. “We knew the Carroll community was going to provide strong support, but raising over $50,000 in one night is tremendous.”

Roberts said the highly successful fundraising effort illustrates the growing interest in his exploratory campaign. Roberts has been traveling the state telling Iowans about his nine-year conservative record in the Iowa House of Representatives. As governor, Roberts has pledged not only to proactively address the state’s budget crisis by reigning in spending, but also to make sure Iowans can vote on a constitutional amendment to define marriage. Iowans have responded to this message, particularly with strong financial support through online, mail-in, and in-person contributions.

“Iowans want a full-fledged conservative to be the next governor. They don’t want just a fiscal conservative or just a social conservative, but a well-rounded conservative. I will be that type of governor,” said Roberts.

Campaign Manager Frank Severino, a veteran of heading up state-wide campaigns for Republicans, notes that Roberts’s exploratory campaign is already meeting its goals in fundraising and for boosting Roberts’s name recognition throughout the state.

“I am as convinced as ever that Rod Roberts should be the next governor of Iowa,” said Severino. “As more and more Iowans are getting the chance to meet Rod, they are coming to the conclusion that he is the type of Republican who can unite the party and then appeal to the independents and conservative Democrats who are needed to beat Chet Culver next year.”

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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