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April 14th, 2010

Rathje Raises $41,729 in First Quarter

rathje2nd District Congressional candidate, Steve Rathje, told TheIowaRepublican.com yesterday that his campaign has raised $41,729.00 in the first three months of 2010. Rathje said, “Our campaign is about a plan to bring jobs back to Iowa and put money back into the hands of Iowans and not the government. Republicans want a conservative nominee who will win and that is why we are seeing such great support for this campaign.”

Rathje has raised $100,859 thus far for his congressional campaign, and has $55,585.65 cash on hand. Rathje’s fundraising pace isn’t going to blow anyone away, but he is in a better position than Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Peter Teahen was in at the same time in 2008.

Miller-Meeks had raised $63,177.00 for her campaign through the first quarter of 2008 and Peter Teahen had raised $34,109.00. In that same year, Miller-Meeks spent $108,394.68 to win the primary, while Teahen spent $110,883.64 and came up a few hundred votes short.

Rathje has been the surprise fundraiser in this race and has changed the dynamic of the race. TheIowaRepublican.com will post other fundraising numbers as they become available.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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