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May 20th, 2010

Democratic Governors Association Continues to Bail Out Culver

Governor Chet Culver raised $1.3 million in the first five months of 2010, but more than half of that came in one check from the Democratic Governors Association. On May 6th, the DGA cut Culver’s campaign a check for $750,000. The DGA also cut Culver checks totaling $500,000 for his last report, meaning that the group has already invested $1.25 million in Culver’s re-election campaign.

For the DGA to donate $500,000 to an incumbent governor to bolster his off-year fundraising totals was pathetic. Now, seeing that the DGA represents more than half of the money he raised thus far in 2010 shows just how vulnerable Culver really is.
The biggest question Iowa Democrats must ask themselves is, what happens when the DGA stops writing huge checks to Culver? Culver is running his campaign much like he has managed the state. Everything looks rosy when huge sums of money show up from outside sources, but when that money dries up, your are left to face the reality of your true financial situation.
Culver is on life support. The minute the DGA pulls the plug, his campaign will be over.

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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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