Dems have fundraising advantage in Iowa Legislature races

Christina Blackcloud

Democrat Christina Blackcloud, of Tama, raised significantly more than her opponent, Rep. Dean Fisher, (R-Montour), in the race for Iowa’s 72nd House District. The district contains all of Tama County and parts of Marshall and Black Hawk counties.

Blackcloud had 244 individual contributions to her campaign, raised $6,721.30 compared to Fisher’s five individual contributions, which raised $2,970.

Fisher’s biggest donation came from the Marshall County Republican Central Committee, which gave him $2,500.

Most of Blackcloud’s donations came from outside her district; some from across the county. Most came from Actblue, a Democratic fundraising website.

Fisher was first elected in 2013 and is running for his fifth term in office. He has $14,561 cash on hand, while Blackcloud has $6,964 cash on hand after making $3,674 worth of expenditures.

Democratic candidate Susan Cahill, of Marshalltown, far out-matched her Republican opponent, Tony Reed, from Marshalltown, in fundraising for Iowa House 71. Iowa House District 71 contains Marshalltown and Northeast Marshall County.

Cahill raised $10,809 during the last filing period. Reed raised $3,040, with $2,500 coming from the Marshall County Republican Central Committee.

Reed has a total of $6,926 cash on hand, while Cahill has $17,309.

Rep. Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown) is not seeking re-election this year, but held the seat for 20 years. He is currently the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party.

Democrat Dave Degner of Traer, has also raised more than Sen. Jeff Edler (State Center-R), in the race for Iowa House 36.

Edler raised $4,250, while Degner generated $16,107. Edler has $32,189 cash on hand, compared to Degner’s $19,099.

Iowa Senate District 36 contains all of Marshall and Tama counties and a small portion of Black Hawk County.

Fundraising for the First Congressional District was flipped compared to the local legislature races.

U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Dubuque) raised less than her opponent Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Marion).

Finknauer had $432,174.45 in contributions compared to Hinson’s $644,793.11.

The fundraising report includes contributions from May 14 to June 30. The next filing period will be published in October and have contributions from July 1 to Sept. 30.