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April 15th, 2010

Grassley Raises $613,627.29 in First Quarter

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Written by: Craig Robinson

grassleySenator Grassley has raised $613,627.29 in the first quarter of 2010. Grassley has $5,366,173.96 cash on hand for his re-election campaign. Half of Grassley’s massive fundraising haul is from individuals, while the other half if for political action committees.

Grassley campaign manager, Bob Renaud, told, “We’ve raised four times more in this campaign than Attorney Conlin has, and Senator Grassley’s cash on-hand is more than five times higher. Conlin said at the beginning of her campaign five months ago that she’d raise $10 million. We’re now 40 percent of the way to election day, and Conlin is failing to raise what she said she must, even after putting a quarter of a million dollars of her personal fortune in this quarter. Putting big chunks of her own money in this early is proof of her campaign problems. She’s picking the low-hanging fruit from trial lawyers who max out. That won’t last. And the lack of enthusiasm from donors to her campaign matches the lack of attendance at her appearances, where she’s drawing small turnouts from entire counties. Conlin faces a contentious primary in seven weeks after having tried but failed to clear that field. Iowa Democrats have not made her the candidate yet, and she may not be the nominee. Iowans look at message more than money. It’s pretty clear that this is a campaign that has failed to ignite and is faltering.”

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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