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May 20th, 2010

Branstad Blows Away Primary Competition in Fundraising

Yesterday, candidates seeking state office had to disclose how much money their campaigns raised and spent over the first five months of 2010. Some of the reports have yet to be posted to the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board’s website, but they should appear either today or tomorrow.

The campaign reports give us a glimpse of how each campaign is doing as we enter into the final stretch of the primary campaign. It also allows us to predict what each campaign can afford to do in the closing weeks.

In the fundraising department, Bob Vander Plaats and Rod Roberts can’t hold a candle to Terry Branstad. Branstad raised $1.6 million from January to May, while Vander Plaats raised $284,383.46, with Roberts coming in at just $54,087.15.

Making matters worse for Branstad’s opponents is that the former governor has a healthy $1.2 million in the bank. Funding his primary effort will not be a problem for Branstad. Vander Plaats had $247,613.29 in the bank, followed by Roberts with $32,615.49 cash on hand.

Branstad has been running TV ads for more than a month, while Roberts has been on TV for the last week or so. Bob Vander Plaats has yet to run a TV ad during the primary campaign. Vander Plaats will likely begin running TV ads too, but it takes time for the ad to penetrate and reach the intended audience.

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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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