Third district congressional candidate Dave Funk has filed his end-of-the-year financial disclosure with the Federal Election Commission. Since October, Funk raised $15,885.00 for his campaign. Since launching his campaign in August, Funk has raised $39,512.00. He ended the year with $16,507.61 cash on hand. In the last month, Funk has hired Tea Party activist Ryan Rhodes to manage the daily operations of his campaign and Meghan Swella as his communication director.
For most of the summer and fall, Funk was the only Republican candidate running against Leonard Boswell. Since mid-November a slew of candidates have joined the primary field, including two well-known candidates in State Senator Brad Zaun and former Iowa State wrestling coach Jim Gibbons.
Gibbons has already shown his fundraising abilities. Earlier this month he announced that his campaign had raised over $200,000 in the last six weeks of 2009. Zaun’s campaign has not released it’s numbers yet, but the well-known Zaun is expected to be able to fund a credible campaign, and he held a big event before the end of the reporting period.
Mark Rees, a moderate Republican seeking the nomination, told TheIowaRepublican.com that he had already personally contributed $50,000 to his campaign.
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