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May 26th, 2010

Branstad Fires Back at Liberal Group

Iowans for Responsible Government (IRG), a liberal group trying to mislead Iowa Republicans before the June 8th primary, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on television ads and direct mail in the last few weeks. Only time will tell if IRG’s efforts are successful, but they did make one mistake, they forgot to register IowansforResponsibleGoverment.com. The Branstad campaign quickly snatched up the url and are now using it to combat the attacks on the former governor’s record.

The website features information about the group, a web ad, and another ad that looks like it could grace television sets soon.

1. WHO is behind the deceptive television ads and slick mailings distorting Governor Branstad’s record to Republican primary voters?

Answer: Governor Culver and his liberal cronies — led by Des Moines lawyer and past Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party Rob Tully.

2. WHY are they doing this?

Answer: Because they know that Governor Culver’s record of excessive spending, deficits, debt, and high unemployment won’t prevail against Governor Branstad’s record of reforming the state budgeting process, cutting taxes, and leading Iowa to a record level of employment. Governor Branstad is the only candidate who has beaten Culver in every scientific poll since retiring from Des Moines University last fall.

3. HOW can they get away with this?

Answer: Candidates must file regular disclosures of all contributions and expenditures. This group is able to use a loophole in the law to hide their spending and contributions.

4. WHAT can we do to prevent this heavily funded Culver crony campaign of deception and distortion from being successful?

Answer: call Chet Culver at 515.244.5151. Tell him that he has underestimated the intelligence of Iowa voters and that you are voting for Terry Branstad on June 8th and November 2nd.


About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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