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July 15th, 2010

Miller-Meeks Ahead of Loebsack’s 2006 Pace

(Ottumwa, IA) – Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks announced that she has raised over $318,000 for the cycle, spent $217,000 to win over 50% of the vote in a very competitive four-way primary, and will file her quarterly fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission today showing $100,000 cash-on-hand. The cash-on-hand amount is nearly double what Dave Loebsack had at the same point in 2006 prior to his November victory.

“Republicans, Democrats and Independents across eastern Iowa are fed up with high unemployment, big government spending and massive new debt which Dave Loebsack has supported. They understand that our leaders in Washington are failing middle class families in Iowa. I want to go to Congress to cut taxes on individuals and businesses so they can invest here to create jobs and get our Iowa economy moving again, instead of sending more of our money to Washington,” said Miller-Meeks. “The resources we have built to date, both financially and in the form of a widespread grassroots movement, show that our campaign is in a strong position to make this seat one of the most competitive in the country. We will hold tax-and-spend Dave Loebsack accountable for his failed record in Congress.”

Dave Loebsack has been a rubber-stamp for Nancy Pelosi, voting with her over 97% of the time. That includes voting for a failed debt-laden $1 trillion stimulus that hasn’t created jobs, voting to pass cap-and-trade which will kill Midwest jobs and dramatically increase energy bills and gas prices, and backing a government take-over of health care that cuts Medicare and fails to control costs which will ultimately be passed onto taxpayers.

The July 15th FEC reporting period in Iowa includes all campaign finance activity since May 20th, approximately three weeks prior to the June 8th primary. During the period, Miller-Meeks for Congress raised $190,000 and spent $146,000.

As a challenger in the 2006 congressional campaign, Dave Loebsack filed at the same July 15th deadline with $60,000 cash-on-hand.

Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks grew up dirt poor. A hard worker, Mariannette enlisted in the US Army as a Private, earned a nursing degree, went onto medical school and eventually retired from the Army as an eye doctor and Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Miller-Meeks is a former faculty member at the University of Iowa and Michigan, a former President of the Iowa Medical Society, owned her own medical practice in Ottumwa and currently volunteers her time helping families at a free medical clinic in Cedar Rapids. She is the Republican nominee in eastern Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Ottumwa.

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