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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