As the end of the year approaches, candidates up and down the ballot are trying to raise as much money as possible for their year end reports. While this is true for every campaign, it’s even more important for gubernatorial and congressional campaigns. The fundraising numbers for each gubernatorial candidate will surely be big news, but so will the battle between the five congressional candidates in Iowa’s third district.
On Wednesday, TheIowaRepublican.com reported on a large kickoff fundraiser for Jim Gibbons that was hosted by Denny Elwell. Gibbons had 85 people on his host committee, which included some of the biggest Republican donors in the state. Last night, TheIowaRepublican.com received a copy of Brad Zaun’s host committee list. On it are more than 100 people, including many familiar names.
Zaun’s host committee contains the name of five State Senators and a number of Senate staffers. It includes Sen. Jerry Behn, who is also running for governor, and Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley. Also supporting Zaun are a handful of State Representatives and two members of the Republican State Central Committee, including National Committeeman Steve Scheffler and Wes Enos, who represents the third district on the SCC and is Bob Vander Plaats’ Political Director.
Both Zaun and Gibbons have been impressive with their initial fundraising events. It is obvious that Gibbons has been able to impress a number of stalwart Republican donors, while Zaun is supported by his colleagues in the Senate and the people who know him the best. With the third district primary shaping up to be a knock-down drag-out fight, the Republican Party is already a winner by having such a strong field of candidates emerge to challenge Congressman Boswell.
Zaun’s holiday party is being held at Christopher’s restaurant in Des Moines on December 28th. The host committee list is posted below.
Update: Steve Scheffler confirmed to TheIowaReublican.com that he was asked to be listed on the host committee at no charge. Scheffler wanted to make it clear that he is not endorsing any candidate. TheIowaRepublican.com has also talked to another member of the host committee who has not asked to be listed or was even aware that the event was taking place.
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