The primary in the 1st Congressional District may still be over a year away, but that’s not stopping one Republican candidate from taking his message to the airwaves.
Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje will begin running a television ad for his congressional bid on local cable networks in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District beginning on Tuesday. The ad buy runs for five days and Rathje is only spending $1,200 to air the ads, which will only be run on Fox News Channel.
With the primary over a year away, Rathje’s decision to run a television ad is interesting to say the least. Perhaps the campaign is running ads in advance of putting a poll in the field in hopes that it shows him leading his Republican opponent, Rod Blum, who ran strong in the 2012 primary but came up short against Ben Lange.
While the campaign is just getting under way in the 1st Congressional District, Rathje has been spending money on the race. From January through March, Rathje raised $51,200, but spent $20,423, leaving him with only $31,082 cash on hand. The biggest expense that the campaign incurred was for consulting from the Robert Morris Group, which was paid $10,000. Republican activist and radio host Craig Bergman heads the Robert Morris Group.
Rathje also paid $3,600 to Slash Web Studios of Ankeny for “branding” and website design. You can view Rathje’s website by clicking here. One would hope that the current site is not the finished product, but seeing that Slash Web Studios was paid back in February, it looks as if Rathje didn’t get much bang for his buck.
TheIowaRepublican.com will post the ad below when it becomes available.
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