Former Governor Terry Branstad’s campaign outraised current Governor Chet Culver’s campaign in the last six weeks. Reports filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure board show Republican Terry Branstad raised nearly $2.15-million in the time following his win in the June Republican primary. That’s about three times more money than Democrat incumbent Chet Culver raised in the same period. Culver took in nearly $766,000.
Branstad’s contributions include one half million dollars from the Republican Governors Association Iowa Political Action Committee, while Culver took in $250,000 from the Democratic Governors Association. The campaign heated up after the primary with the race set, as both candidates spent more than one-million dollars on advertising in the last six weeks.
The spending leaves Branstad with $1.85 million in the campaign bank, while Culver still has $2.85 million left to spend. Branstad is trying to return to office after serving four terms and then leaving office in January of 1999. Culver is trying to win his second term.