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July 18, 2005

The money's rolling in

I'd rather be staring at the mountains, but ...

Jim Mowen of Rock Island has taken an early fund-raising lead among Republicans considering a challenge to U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, the R.I. Democrat who'll be seeking a 13th term in Congress next year from the 17th Congressional District.

Mr. Mowen's FEC disclosure records show he raised about $38,000 in the period ended June 20 and spent about $13,000, leaving him with about $23,000. Andrea Zinga, who lost to Mr. Evans in 2004, raised about $11,000 and spent about that much. She's got $3,800 on hand and has about $58,000 in debt left over from the 2004 run. Brian Gilliland, the third GOPer talking about running, hasn't yet filed organizational papers with the FEC.

Mr. Evans, in the meantime, raised $83,000, spent $34,000 and ended the period with $80,000 on hand. If he hasn't already, he'll soon be giving the FEC $50,000 as a downpayment on the $185,000 he agreed to pay to settle a suit over his fund-raising tactics in 1998-2000.

So far, the money is flowing from the usual sources: Union-related committees are bolstering long time favorite Evans, and bankers/real estate people are putting money behind Mowen, a businessman/real estate developer.

The amount raised by the 17th Distict canddiates pales, so far, with the amounts being raised by candidates in Iowa's First Congressional District, where incumbent Jim Nussle is stepping down to run for governor. D/A Washington Bureau chief Ed Felker reported on those numbers:

"Of those seeking Nussle's congressional seat, Democratic attorney Bruce Braley of Waterloo raised a net $211,768 and had $191,336 in cash reserves, according to his FEC disclosure. Fellow Democrat Rick Dickinson of Dubuque raised a net $176,329 and had $145,069 in the bank.

"Bill Gluba of Davenport, a 2004 candidate and former state senator, had $41,485 on hand, though he had $46,610 in debts, nearly unchanged from his first quarter disclosures.

"On the Republican side, no report was available for State Rep. Bill Dix of Shell Rock, but the Associated Press reported he raised more than $200,000.

"Bettendorf resident and businessman Mike Whalen reported raising $139,613 and had $68,752 in the bank.

"Attorney Brian Kennedy, also of Bettendorf, raised a net $110,131 and had $94,252 in the bank."

All that money, and it's still 16 months to election day. And to think I can remember the day when $100,000 was a huge amount to spend in a Q-C congressional race.

Posted by jcb at July 18, 2005 11:04 AM


Good thing campaign-finance reform has saved elections from being spending orgies. A fair trade for limiting our freedom of speech. (Sarcasm warning.)

Posted by: Romkey at July 18, 2005 01:11 PM