Bleeding Heartland: Democratic leaders enabled Branstad's big money haul
Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland
Until last week, the money raised to support Terry Branstad as a
gubernatorial candidate was hidden in the bank accounts of two 527
groups: the Iowa First Foundation and the Draft Branstad PAC. Now that
Branstad has formed an exploratory committee, I expect we'll soon see
a press release about eye-popping early money raised for his campaign.
Major Republican donors were key players in the effort to lure the
former governor back into politics. While Branstad's signing all those
thank-you notes to Republicans, he may as well acknowledge three
Democrats who have helped him raise the big bucks: Governor Chet
Culver, Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy, and Iowa Senate Majority Leader
Mike Gronstal. Branstad wouldn't be able to accept those $25,000 and
$50,000 checks if Democrats had passed meaningful campaign finance
reform during the past three years.