Sam Clovis entered the U.S. Senate race on June 10th with a bang. His campaign announcement was packed with 175 of his friends, family, and fans. He has also traveled the state, drawing small but good audiences at his campaign stops. While the likable former radio show host has shown that he can build somewhat of a following amongst the Republican base, he has struggled at raising the necessary money to put together a serious statewide campaign.
From June 10th to June 30th, Clovis raised just $13,607.48, a little short of the $16,000 he had told TheIowaRepublican.com he had raised a few weeks ago. All of Clovis’ itemized contributions except one are from Iowa. The lone out-of-state contribution is from Jackson, Nebraska, which is part of the Sioux City metropolitan area. A healthy portion of what Clovis raised, $1,066, was an in-kind contribution of voter registration lists and flash drives. Another $525 was raised by selling campaign t-shirts.
At the end of the reporting period, the campaign reported having $11,803.86 cash on hand. The campaign spent $2,328.62 but didn’t disclose any of its expenditures besides the in-kind contribution. Obviously, the Clovis campaign will be required by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to file an amended report that discloses all of the campaign’s expenditures. The campaign also failed to properly fill out its statement of candidacy.
Clovis doesn’t necessarily have to deal with the same expectations as David Young, Matt Whitaker, or Joni Ernst, but he still must show that he can run a competent campaign. While he excels on the campaign trail, Clovis must find a way to raise a respectable amount of money to be able to run a statewide campaign.
Clovis is fortunate that none of his current Republican opponents have the resources to run much of a statewide campaign either. While that is currently the case, it is not likely to state that way.
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