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July 31st, 2012

Catching Up After a Little R&R

I spent most of last week on a camping trip with some family members.  We didn’t leave the state, but I was without cell coverage for most of the week.  Needless to say, I have not been following politics all that closely, and I’m just not getting to all the emails that piled up during my absence.

I have a number of articles that I’m formulating in my mind, but after taking a break from writing for almost a week, I’m not ready to tackle those subjects quite yet.  So, instead of my latest thoughts on the Romney campaign, the veepstakes, or Iowa politics, I thought I’d comment on a few things that caught my attention since I’ve reacquired a cell signal and internet connection.

New Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee Member Charged With Breaking Campaign Laws

Three Washington County Republican candidates, two for County Supervisor, and one candidate for the Iowa House, have been charged with breaking Iowa campaign finance laws.  All three candidates are affiliated with the Ron Paul and liberty movement.

Marcus Fedler, a newly elected member of the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee, was also charged with a serious misdemeanor for unlawful campaign sign placement.  Fedler is the owner of Custom Impressions, a printing company.

According to the Kalona News:

Jack Seward, Jr. of Wellman was charged with one count of unlawful receipt of monetary or in-kind campaign contributions from a corporation, a serious misdemeanor. 

Seward won his primary for County Supervisor.

Robert Yoder of Kalona was charged with one count of unlawful transfer of campaign funds in violation of Iowa Code Section 68A.303, based on the alleged transfer of $1,400 from his campaign to the Iowa political action committee (PAC), Free County.

Yoder won his primary for County Supervisor

Priscilla Marlar was charged with one count of unlawful receipt of a monetary campaign contribution from a corporation in violations of Iowa Code 68A.503(2) in regard to the alleged receipt of a $300 contribution from the Olson-Powel Memorial Chapel, Inc. – and one count of unlawful use of campaign funds for personal expenses for the alleged expenditure of $101.65 for motor vehicle tires.

Marlar was unsuccessful in her primary against current State Rep. Jarad Klein.

Custom Impressions also faces six counts of unlawful campaign sign placement, a serious misdemeanor, in violation of Iowa Code Section 68A.503(1). The signs were in support of Seward, Yoder and Marlar, as well one for Republican primary candidate Stan Stoops. Two of the six counts dealt with signs expressly advocating the election of new supervisors.

I guess it’s too much to ask that members of the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee can grasp basic campaign regulations.

Romney Goes Overseas

I don’t care what the media is saying, I think Mitt Romney’s overseas tour has been a success.  Romney didn’t draw massive crowds like candidate Obama did when he traveled abroad as a candidate in 2008, but he did look very presidential.  He also showed strong support for two strong American allies – Israel and Poland – by meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former Polish President Lech Walesa.  Walesa, who led the movement against Poland’s communist government in the 1980’s, endorsed Romney during his visit to the country.

Romney has been criticized by the media for crediting part of Israel’s economic success on its culture, which angered Palestinians.

Romney said, “Culture makes all the difference. And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things. One, I recognize the hand of providence in selecting this place.”

Romney is echoing a longstanding position of the United States that began when President Harry Truman formally recognized the Jewish state on May 14, 1948.  It doesn’t matter what Romney said, the Palestinians are going to be critical of any US leader who strongly aligns with Israel.  This maybe one of the biggest foreign policy differences between President Obama and Romney, as Obama has been sympathetic to the Palestinians, and Romney has not.

New AFF video is the best use yet of Obama’s “Didn’t Build That” quote.

I’ll have more on the “Didn’t Build That Campaign” later this week, but the Iowa-based American Future Fund has produced the best ad yet that not only puts the President’s remarks in context, but also advances the argument that American taxpayers are the source for those dollars that government spends.

Ron Paul makes fundraising pitch so his delegates can go to Tampa.

From a Ron Paul campaign email that I received on Monday.

As you know, the Republican National Convention is right around the corner!

From the beginning, I’ve said this convention in Tampa will be a critical step for our R3VOLUTION.

That’s why I’ve instructed my campaign staff to offer financial assistance to our delegates who otherwise wouldn’t be able to make it in order to ensure every one of them can reach Tampa.

But in order to make this a reality, can I count on you to please make a generous contribution to help as many of our campaign’s delegates as possible make it to the Republican National Convention?

As you know, the establishment hasn’t just sat still and quietly watched us take over party chapters and rack up delegates.

Their opposition has required our campaign to spend resources in Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, and Oregon to defend our gains and defeat their challenges.

And with August just around the corner, we want to make sure we can cover expenses for delegates that need help reaching the convention.

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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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