Iowa Congressman Tom Latham’s successful fundraising continued during the first quarter of 2012. Latham raised more than $409,000 between January-March. He maintains $2 million cash on hand, providing a substantial lead of his November opponent, Democrat Congressman Leonard Boswell.
“The groundswell of wide grassroots support for Tom Latham continues to put this important campaign for Iowa common sense in a very strong position,” said Latham campaign manager Annie Kelly. “Iowans know that Tom is the one choice in the new Third District congressional race who is fighting to provide better ideas and solutions that give hard working taxpayers better results on jobs, the economy, their retirement and health care security, tax relief and restraining and reducing the size, scope and reach of government in our daily lives.”
Boswell has yet to release his fundraising numbers. However, we know that Boswell has struggled to compete with Latham financially. Boswell had only $493,000 cash on hand at the end of the year and raised less than $200,000 in the final quarter of 2011.
Latham’s solid fundraising allowed him to counter attack ads from a pro-Democrat group. He spent $150,000 on TV ads the past three months, and a total of $300,000. The ability to respond to negative ads from the Democrats is crucial for Latham’s chances. Boswell continuously went negative in 2010 against Brad Zaun. That strategy worked, because Zaun’s campaign did not possess the financial resources to fight back.
Desperately needing help raising funds, Boswell lured House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to the Midwest to fundraise for him. Instead of holding the event in Iowa, Boswell and Pelosi gathered with donors on the other side of the Missouri River, in Omaha. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer campaigned for Boswell earlier this week in Iowa.
Leonard Boswell’s campaign showed even more serious signs of desperation with its fundraising this quarter. His campaign solicited supporters for money based on trying to save the 132nd Fighter Wing unit, based in Des Moines, from being eliminated. The Pentagon proposed cutting the unit. Iowa’s entire congressional delegation is fighting against the cuts.
The latest voter registration numbers show Latham with the advantage over Boswell. Republicans outnumber Democrats in the new 3rd Congressional District by almost 10,000. However, Barack Obama picked up 52 percent of the vote in the new district four years ago. Boswell also has deep ties throughout much of southwest Iowa.
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