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April 6th, 2012

King Trumps Vilsack in 1st Quarter Fundraising

Christie Vilsack is running for Congress in a district she’s never lived in, against an opponent who’s lived in the district his entire life.  Making things more difficult for Vilsack is that she’s running against incumbent Republican Congressman Steve King, in a district that contains 46,000 more Republican voters than Democrat voters.

Most candidates with such long odds would never a chance, but since Vilsack is a former First Lady of Iowa and has shown a prowess for raising money, she’s the darling of media.  It’s Vilsack’s fundraising ability that make’s her a credible candidate against King, the state’s stalwart conservative.  Vilsack has raised an impressive $1.5 million for her campaign thus far, about $250,000 more than King has raised this cycle.

In the last fundraising period that ended at the end of April, Vilsack again raised an impressive sum.  The Vilsack campaign told the Des Moines Register that the campaign had raised almost $400,000 in the last three months.  What is surprising is the news that Congressman King bested Vilsack’s fundraising haul by raising about $450,000 according to his campaign manager, Jake Ketzner.

King has never really been in a position where he’s needed to raise a lot of money.  Since getting elected in 2002, King has easily won re-election.  In regards to fundraising, King would raise what was necessary, but little more.  It seems that King is more invested in his campaign fundraising now that Vilsack is challenging him.  The $450,000 he raised last quarter is the most he’s raised in a single quarter in the decade he’s been running for office.

If King is able to limit Vilsack’s fundraising edge, or better yet, raise as much or more money than she does, then he will make it nearly impossible for her to win in a district where she lacks any other natural advantage.  King’s newfound fundraising ability make’s what was already going to be a difficult campaign for Vilsack even more daunting.

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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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