US Senate

July 29th, 2013

Clovis Raised Just $13,607

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 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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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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