Dubuque's Finkenauer raises $300k in 1st District race

Dem says she's outraised all her primary opponents

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Democratic state Rep. Abby Finkenauer will report raising $152,000 in the second quarter of her campaign for the U.S. House from Iowa’s 1st District.

In two quarters, Finkenauer has raised more than $300,000 from more than 1,300 individual donors. Three-quarters of the donations were $75 or less.

That’s in contrast to incumbent Republican Rep. Rod Blum, also of Dubuque, who had contributions of $200 or more from 99 percent of his donors last quarter, according to Finkenauer.

“I’m in this race for one reason — my home, our state, and our country are worth fighting for, and 2018 is make or break for my friends, family and neighbors who are continually being targeted by out-of-touch, GOP establishment politicians like Rod Blum,” Finkenauer said.

In the July-October quarter, Finkenauer said, she raised more money than all of her Democratic primary opponents combined.

Thomas Heckroth has reported raising more than $130,000 in the first quarter of his campaign. Campaign reports for Courtney Rowe of Cedar Rapids and George Ramsey III of Marion are not yet on the Federal Election Commission website. The reporting deadline for candidates is Sunday.

Blum’s last report showed $200,000 in second quarter receipts and $751,000 cash on hand.

Finkenauer also has received endorsements from several labor unions, including AFSCME Council 61, the Ironworkers, Laborers, Sheet Metal Workers, Teamsters and the United Steel Workers, as well as Emily’s List and NARAL.

The 20-county 1st District includes Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Dubuque and Marshalltown.

l Comments: (319) 398-8375; james.lynch@thegazette.com

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