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January 31st, 2010

Conlin: Aloha Special Interests!

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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AlohaLess than three months after launching a campaign promising to “take on the special interests,” Roxanne Conlin is now spending her weekend hobnobbing with her fellow trial lawyers on a balmy beach in Hawaii. Meanwhile, her would-be constituents in Iowa are facing frigid temperatures and flooding as they suffer through some of the worst winter weather in decades. The disconnect between Roxanne Conlin and Iowans is matched only by the current temperature difference between Maui and Mason City.

The web video that launched Conlin’s campaign proudly says, “Taking on special interests has been the cause of my life. I want to take that fight to the Senate. Please join me. The special interests have had their turn, now it’s our turn.” But almost as soon Conlin announced her campaign, she was already getting cozying up with one of the most powerful special interest groups in the nation, the trial lawyers.

I hope you’ll take the time to visit with them on the 31st and I hope you’ll give generously.

Here are the details (invitations/donation forms attached):

Roxanne Conlin for Senate Reception
Sunday, January 31, 2010
11:45 am – 1:00 pm
The Westin Maui, Ocean Lanai Terrace

Braley for Congress Reception
Sunday, January 31, 2010
4:00 pm – 5:30pm
The Westin Maui, Valley Isle Terrace


Lori Andrus
Andrus Anderson LLP
155 Montgomery Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, California 94104
t – 415.986.1400
f – 415.986-1474

For a candidate who says that her life’s mission is fighting special interest, Conlin sure is friendly with the Trial Lawyers Association. I guess it’s not a special interest when they give to your campaign.

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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