Senate race that would take majority from Dems in Iowa has Dem leading in funds
Iowa Senate District 18 Democratic candidate Liz Mathis has outraised Republican opponent Cindy Golding, $63,406 to $44,808, and the Democrat enjoyed $292,426 of in-kind contributions compared to $69,418 for Golding.
Mathis and Golding are locked in a special election that will determine control of the Iowa Senate. Former State Sen. Swati Dandekar (D-Marion) recently left office to take a position on the Iowa Utilities Board, leaving Democrats with a slim 25-24 advantage in the Senate.
Mathis spent $22,564 and had $40,842 on hand at the end of the reporting period, while Golding spent $35,549 and had $9,258 on hand.
Mathis took large contributions from labor unions and federal political action committees:
- $17,960 ActBlue non-federal in Cambridge, Mass.
- $5,000 from Linn Phoenix Club in Cedar Rapids
- $5,000 from Iowa Committee on Political Education – AFL-CIO in Des Moines
- $5,000 from Hawkeye Labor Council AFl-CIO PAC in Cedar Rapids
- $4,000 from Laborer’s Local Union #566 PAC in Ottumwa
- $2,500 from I.B.E.W. Educational Committee in Washington, D.C.
- $2,000 from United Steelworkers of America District 11 PAC in Minneapolis, Minn.
All of the in-kind contributions to the Mathis campaign were from the Iowa Democratic Party, mostly for advertising as well as printing, postage and mailing. Most of Mathis’s expenditures were through a $20,000 contribution to the Senate Majority Fund.
Golding took large contributions from Team Iowa PAC, as well as from the Plymouth County GOP and herself:
- $12,500 from Team Iowa PAC in Des Moines
- $5,000 from GOP of Plymouth County
- $5,000 from herself
- $5,000 from Tammy Bertrand of Sioux City
- $2,000 from Wapello County Republican Central Committee in Ottumwa
- $1,000 from Lyon County Republican Party in Rock Rapids
- $1,000 from State Sen. Tim Kapucian (R-Keystone)
- $1,000 from State Sen. James Hahn (R-Muscatine)
- $1,000 from Brenda Kelly of Marion
Golding’s in-kind contributions were almost entirely from the Republican Party of Iowa, including $60,557 for advertising. Most of Golding’s expenditures were through an $11,000 contribution to the Republican Party of Iowa; and printing, advertising and campaign signs.
The documents, filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, cover fundraising from July 15 to Oct. 14.