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July 15th, 2011

Inside the Numbers: Tim Pawlenty

It is no secret that Tim Pawlenty has the largest staff of any Republican presidential candidate in the state of Iowa.  His campaign boasts big name consultants, respected operatives, and ten field staffers who are the lifeblood of any campaign.

All of this comes with a cost.  Federal Election Commission documents that were filed today show that Pawlenty is making a major investment in Iowa.  He is paying Iowa consultants about $29,000 a month.  His four upper level staff takes home $14,000 after taxes.  His team of field staffers cost him about $24,000 a month.

The report also shows that the Pawlently campaign has already paid an Iowa bus company $50,000 for buses to take people to the Ames Straw Poll in just over a month.  Those two payments were made long before the New Hampshire CNN debate that was so damaging to Pawlenty’s campaign.

Below is a list of Pawlenty’s expenditures to his consultants and staff for the period of April 1 through June 30.  These numbers also include reimbursements for travel.

$28,186.03 – Nicole Schlinger (Capitol Resources)
$25,493.89 – Karen Slifka and Chuck Larson, Jr. (Midwest Political Professionals)
$12,557.67 – Annie Kelly (Deputy Iowa Campaign Manager)
$10,905.27 – Tracey Gibler (Iowa Political Director)
$10,499.57 – Erik Helland (Iowa Campaign Manager)
$8,483.48 – Eric Woolson (The Concept Works)
$8,362.96 – Dane Nealson (Field Staff)
$7,519.54 – Andy Swanson (Field Staff)
$7,209.23 – Rob Anderson (Field Staff)
$6,425.76 – John Wesley Vinson (Field Staff)
$6,345.29 – Mike Thom (Field Staff)
$5,931.30 – Daniel Catlin(Field Staff)
$5,046.49 – Kevin Kuhle (Field Staff)
$5,000.00 – Ed Failor Jr. (Consultant)
$4,981.77 – Anthony Zammit (Field Staff)
$4,751.99 – Travis Holler (Field Staff)
$4,967.51 – Lynn McRoberts (Coalitions)
$3,734.90 – Andrew Wagner (Field Staff)


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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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