I spent a little time getting to know Becky Greenwald’s October FEC report a little better last night. Her $300K haul was impressive, but to get the real story you need to look what who’s giving to her campaign, not just the grand total.
For example I was floored to see that 33% ($150,000.00) that she has raised in her campaign has come from her own pocket, or from the Garst Seed family money. Now THAT is the way to buy a congressional seat! Maybe at next year’s Garst Family reunion they can wear t-shirts saying, “We gave Becky $150k and all she got was an ass kicking.”
I have to admit however, that after reading Greenwald’s FEC report I’m a little depressed. As the Godfather of the Iowa blogosphere I consider myself to be well established, well that’s not the case. I noticed that DesMoinesDem from Bleeding Heartland gave Greenwald’s campaign $2400.00 and gave Ron Hubler’s campaign $2000.00.
This upsets me for a couple of reasons. First, now campaigns are going to come asking me for money, and secondly, I think I might have overlooked the $250,000 blogger earned income tax credit hidden in the bailout bill? No wonder Greenwald supported the Wall Street Bailout.
While I’m at it, people can now search the Iowa Campaign disclosures. This is something bloggers on both sides have wanted for a long time. So for example, I was able to determine that DesMoinesDem has given state candidates $4,350 since 2003.
What am I doing wrong, why am I broke and can’t afford to contribute to candidates?
On another note, former Republican National Committeeman Steve Roberts felt the need to punch Christopher Reed in the final days by his quote in today’s Des Moines Register.
Des Moines Republican Steve Roberts, a former longtime Republican National Committee member, said the one-sided race is a sign of turmoil within the Iowa GOP and an enthusiasm gap that favors the Democrats. "I think this is the toughest time the Iowa Republican Party has had in its history," Roberts said. "I think it's a walk in the park for Harkin. Actually, he doesn't even have to go to the park."
Roberts painted a pretty bad picture for Republicans while he was still National Committeeman so this doesn’t surprise me. I just don’t understand why people can’t get it through their head to take a swing at Harkin when the opportunity arises. Instead we piss in our own well.