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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