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January 29th, 2010

Funk Raises $15,000 in Last Quarter

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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FunkPGOPThird 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 that he had already personally contributed $50,000 to his 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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