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January 31st, 2011

Santorum Posts Impressive Fundraising Number

By Craig Robinson

A lot is always made out of the fundraising numbers that presidential candidates, or in this instance, potential presidential candidates, are able to put up.

In the year-end period, Mitt Romney led all potential Republican candidates with $307,000 raised.  Not surprisingly, Sarah Palin came in second with $279,000.

Where the surprise lies is in what long-shot presidential candidate Rick Santorum was able to raise.  Santorum raised an impressive $194,000, besting the efforts of John Thune, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Haley Barbour.

Santorum’s strong showing shouldn’t go unnoticed.  While Santorum’s presidential aspirations have been scoffed at by the national media, so too were Mike Huckabee’s in 2007.  Santorum has been busy traveling to New Hampshire and Iowa, but it’s also apparent that he’s been busy fundraising too.

Politics is a game of expectations, and Santorum’s recent fundraising totals beat expectations.  Other potential candidates, like Barbour, Gingrich, and Pawlenty, didn’t meet or exceed expectations at a time when these numbers are getting immense scrutiny as the 2012 campaign begins.

Year-End Period Fundraising Totals

Romney: $307,000

Palin: $279,000

Santorum: $194,000

Thune: $71,000

Bachmann: $71,000

Pawlenty: $59,000

Huckabee: $35,000

Gingrich: $31,000

Barbour: $9,850

Photo by Dave Davidson

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About the Author

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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