Vernon tops first quarter fundraising; Dandekar leads cash on hand in Iowa 1st District race

Also contributes most to her own campaign

Monica Vernon, Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman and Democratic hopeful for Iowa's U.S. House 1st District, speaks on Tuesd
Monica Vernon, Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman and Democratic hopeful for Iowa’s U.S. House 1st District, speaks on Tuesday, January, 21, 2014, at Cedar Rapids Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa during the Democratic Caucus. (Justin Wan/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

DES MOINES — In the money primary in Iowa’s 1st District Democratic race, Monica Vernon raised more than four other candidates, unless you discount $90,000 she contributed to her own campaign.

Swati Dandekar will report having the most cash on hand while Dave O’Brien’s campaign showed the largest gain in cash on hand as the race enters the final six weeks before the June 3 primary.

In the Republican race, Dubuque businessman Rod Blum outraised Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje $77,710 to $22,689. Blum put $31,203 of his own money into the campaign. Rathje put $4,620 of his money into his campaign, according to Federal Election Commission reports for the Jan. 1 to March 31 period.

Vernon, a businesswoman and Cedar Rapids City Council member, raised $94,707, according to her FEC report and $281,177 cash on hand for the quarter. Dandekar, a former lawmaker and state utilities board commissioner, raised $180,000 and has $290,000 cash on hand.

The other candidates’ fundraising total and cash on hand are:

-Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic of Waterloo, $92,564 and $92,644

-Rep. Pat Murphy of Dubuque: $100,257 and $232,504

-Dave O’Brien of Cedar Rapids: $132,227 and $184, 709

For O’Brien, that’s a $59,989 increase in his cash on hand heading into a critical part of the primary campaign. Kajtazovic, on the other hand, saw her cash on hand drop by $12,279 between the end of 2013 and March 31.

All of the candidates have contributed to their own campaigns from $10,334 by Kajtazovic to $170,783 by Vernon — more than a quarter of the campaign-leading $643,528 she has raised.

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