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May 30th, 2012

Blum Campaign Violates FEC Rules

In the 1st Congressional District Republican primary, Rod Blum has been making the case that he is best candidate to face Democrat Congressman Bruce Braley in the fall, not his primary opponent Ben Lange who nearly defeated Braley in 2010.  Blum says that he, as a job creator and businessman, provides a better contrast to Braley than Lange, a 33 year-old attorney, does.  Braley is also an attorney.

Blum has been persuasive in making his argument against his opponent, but with his campaign’s inability to comply with the simplest of campaign disclosure requirements, he’s raised questions about his ability to put together a serious campaign.

Federal law requires all campaigns to file campaign quarterly, year-end, and pre-election disclosures with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).  The Blum campaign has yet to file a pre-primary report in advance of the June 5th primary.

The deadline for the filing was Thursday, May 24th, which means that Blum is almost a week late in submitting his campaign disclosure.  The FEC has confirmed that failure to file pre-primary reports typically results in civil penalties including an administrative fine — which could be significant depending on the amount of money the committee raised. In addition to a fine, the Blum campaign may also be at risk of an audit, an investigation, and other enforcement actions by the FEC.

Not only does Blum’s inability to file his pre-primary report with the FEC show that his campaign is unorganized, but his failure to file on time could hinder a general election campaign should he be successful in the primary.  The last thing any candidate needs after winning a contested primary is an on-going audit or fine by the FEC.

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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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