US Senate

July 24th, 2013

Iowans Make Up Majority of Whitaker Contributors

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker raised $115,091.00 from May 11th through the June 30th reporting deadline.   According to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Whitaker’s first contribution came from Douglas Krueger, an executive with Nationstar Mortgage in Texas.

Krueger and his wife Tanya are one of two couples that have maxed out to the campaign for the primary and general election.  The other couple is Scott & Traci Raridon from West Des Moines.   Each couple has donated $10,400 to the campaign, $2,600 from each for the primary and general election campaign, making them the largest donors to Whitaker’s U.S. Senate campaign.

Of the 113 itemized contributions Whitaker received, 77 were from individuals who live in state of Iowa, 24 were from out-of-state donors, and 10 were in the form of loans from Whitaker himself.   Whitaker received donations from 15 states besides Iowa.  The state of Texas ranked second in fundraising to Iowa.  Whitaker raised $12,900 from the Lone Star State from eight contributions, a majority of which came from the Krueger’s.

Whitaker and his wife, Marci, also donated a combined $5,200 to the campaign.  He has also made a number of loans to the campaign, all for small amounts.  Whitaker loaned his campaign $28.82 on May 21, $25.41 on May 26, $24.91 on May 27, $25.00 on May 31, $6.99 again on May 31, $29.94 on June 6th, and $25 on four other days in June.

The total amount that Whitaker has loaned his campaign is $241.00.  It is not uncommon for candidates to reimburse themselves for travel expenses or other expenditures, but loaning the campaign money in small increments is somewhat strange.  Perhaps the campaign was waiting on checks or a credit card to be issued.  Otherwise, it’s hard to explain all of these paltry loans. is still waiting for the FEC to post Sam Clovis’ fundraising report.  Clovis raised just $16,000 in the first reporting period.

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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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