April 9, 2005

Money, honey

Ed Tibbetts runs down the cashitation situation in the run-up to the Iowa 1st District race, and it's shaping up to reach appallingly high levels.
First-quarter (January through March) campaign finance results aren’t due until next week, but the apparent leaders in both parties have raised more than $100,000 apiece. Those are big, almost Jim Nussle-like, numbers this early in the game.

On the Democratic side, Waterloo lawyer Bruce Braley, a past president of the state trial lawyers association, says he’s going to be close to or at his goal of raising $125,000.

On the Republican side of the fence, Rep. Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, said he racked up about $117,000 in the first quarter. Nobody figured this was going to be a cheap race. Open seats in Congress don’t come along very often, and Democrats in Washington, D.C., are putting this one toward the top of their wish list because it’s a Democratic-leaning district now in Republican hands.

Even in the days when Mark Baker and the GOP were throwing everything including the kitchen sink at U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill., things didn’t crank up this soon. In the year before the 1998 election, Baker raised $171,000. And that was through the entire year.


At 4/09/2005 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thing this is not Moline or our new Mayor would think it's "scary".......

At 4/09/2005 9:10 PM, Anonymous farmer's wife said...

Long time reader first time writer. Has the dope or anyone else heard any talk about a Democrat doing the unthinkable and challenge incumbent Cong. Lane Evans in a primary in 2006. That would get even more interesting than a race for the seat in Iowa. And it would even be bigger news than the story you are always running about Mike Jacobs and Mick Boland. There are a lot of us out here in the country who have access to this newfangled internet thing and we are starting to pay attention to politicians and vote too. I'd vote for that bygump person if they ran, I'm ready for a change, but I sure don't want no Republican in there helping out that moron W!!

At 4/10/2005 6:19 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Hmmm. That sounds like yet another desperate effort to steer the blog away from Boland/Jacobs. If so, it's pretty stealthy. Points for that.

But that said, I'm wide-open to covering issues of interest to areas outside the Quad City area. They normally get scant media coverage though, so anyone from the outlying areas are encouraged to send in any issues or stories you think are of interest to TheInsideDope@hotmail.com.

Just click on the link in the sidebar and send me some mail.

At 4/10/2005 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Responding to the Farmer's Wife comment, Lane Evans and his staff work hard for the people of the 17th district replacing him would be a bad move. Lane is a good hard working man and we should stand behind him as long as he wants to stay.


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