State GOP, Dems involving in House District 47 race

Republican Party of Iowa much more involved than Iowa Democratic Party

With another campaign disclosure filing deadline past, the disparity in the budgets of candidates for the Iowa House District 47 is even greater.

Candidates were required to file a report with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board the Friday prior to the general election.According to the Nov. 2 filing, Republican Phil Thompson received $51,516 in in-kind contributions from the Republican Party of Iowa since the Oct. 19 filing deadline. That brings his total to $187,000 in in-kind donations from the state GOP.

Looking at Thompson’s reporting since Sept. 4, he has received $192,700 in cash and in-kind donations. Of that, $5,709 – or 3 percent – came from individuals and other donors.
For the same period, Sept. 4 through Nov. 3, Thompson reported expenses of $4,579, including $3,200 paid to his campaign manager. He has spent $4,579, while the Republican Party of Iowa has spent $187,000.

Democrat David Weaver’s Nov. 2 campaign disclosure filing shows $17,200 in in-kind donations from the Iowa Democratic Party, bringing the total of IDP in-kind contributions to $24,000 over the course of the campaign.

Including the IDP contributions, Weaver received $43,938 in cash and in-kind contributions. Of that, $12,708 – 29 percent – came from individuals.

Weaver reported $35,349 in expenditures from Sept. 4 through Nov. 3. That included a payment of $23,500 back to the Iowa Democratic Party. Many of Weaver’s expenses were paid to Greene and Boone County media, presumably for advertising.

Thompson reported no advertising expense for Greene or Boone County media, but he did report a $595 expense paid to Iowa Aerial Advertising of Perry.

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