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October 15th, 2010


Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ surging congressional campaign reported total receipts of $571,300 between July 1 and Sept. 30, boosting its total funds raised to nearly $900,000, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Miller-Meeks reported $406,745 cash on hand at the end of the third quarter as the campaign for Iowa’s Second Congressional district seat enters the critical home stretch with polls showing her in a dead heat with two-term Democratic Rep. David Loebsack. The campaign reported contributions of $211,700, a $359,600 loan from the candidate and expenditures of $245,027 during the third quarter. Her 2010 campaign has raised a total of $889,234, the FEC report indicates.

“David Loebsack has been taking money from Wall Street and other special interests that benefited from his vote for the federal bailout. Meanwhile, our latest fund-raising numbers indicate a broad-based movement to replace David Loebsack with common-sense representation and, frankly, they demonstrate my commitment to our children’s future and reclaiming the American Dream,” Miller-Meeks said.

She continued, “Republicans, Democrats and independents throughout the Second District are fed up with the chronic unemployment, runaway government spending and crushing new debt that David Loebsack has saddled us with by supporting Nancy Pelosi 97 percent of the time. His bad decisions and our hard work have made this race one of the most competitive in the country. That’s why these past three weeks we’ve seen his Washington special interest groups like the national AFL-CIO launch a wave of false attacks that are sure to continue until Election Day. They’re afraid of losing David Loebsack’s big-spending rubber stamp in Congress and they’re helping him run away from his record by lying about my priorities.”

Partly on the basis of her campaign’s fundraising strength, the National Republican Congressional Committee has designated Miller-Meeks as one of the party’s “Young Guns.” The designation is an indication she is one of best GOP challengers at raising funds and developing the necessary grassroots support to win on Nov. 2. Candidates who earn the “Young Gun” designation also draw additional national party resources.

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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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