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December 18th, 2009

Zaun Plans Big Holiday Event on the 28th

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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Zaun for CongressAs 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, 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, 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 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. 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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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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