Reynolds campaign collects an additional $1.2 million in contributions

By: - May 19, 2022 12:19 pm

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks to reporters on April 13, 2022. Reynolds' campaign collected more than $1.2 million in contributions during the past five months. (Photo by Katie Akin/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds raised more than $1.2 million in campaign contributions during 2022, bringing her total campaign fundraising to just over $6 million.

The fundraising is detailed in the latest public-disclosure reports the Reynolds campaign filed on Thursday with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.

The reports show that the GOP governor’s campaign raised $1,279,523 since Jan. 1, and spent $1,074,432 during that same period. The campaign still has $4,985,617 in cash on hand.

Reynolds’ biggest contributors so far this year include:

  • Mike Wells, LeMars (Wells Enterprises/Wells Blue Bunny CEO: $30,000 donated on May 3.
  • Kent Gage, Muscatine (Kent Corp. CEO): $30,000 donated on Jan. 29.
  • Robert D. Kern Private Revocable Trust, Waukesha, WI: $25,000 donated on Feb. 3.
  • Daniel Rupprecht, West Des Moines (R&R Realty Group, founder): $25,000 donated on Feb. 4.
  • Kurt Croell, Lawler (Croell Inc. concrete company, president): $25,000 donated on Feb. 11.
  • Bruce Rastetter, Hubbard (Hawkeye Energy Holdings founder, former Board of Regents chair): $25,000 donated on March 3.
  • Casey Fenton, Sioux City (Fenton Construction, president): $25,000 donated on March 17.
  • Dave Edwards, Council Bluffs (Edwards Auto Group, founder): $25,000 donated on March 18.
  • Dennis Albaugh, Ankeny (Albaugh LLC ag products chairman): $25,000 donated on April 18.

Reynolds’ opponent in the November election is Deidre DeJear, a Democrat. Prior to January, she had raised $279,376 in cash. She began the year $8,547 of that remaining and, over the next five months, raised an additional $739,793. She now has an unspent balance of $381,614.

DeJear’s biggest contributors for the year so far include:

  • Fred Hubbell, Des Moines (former president of Equitable of Iowa, 2018 gubernatorial candidate): $10,000 donated on Feb. 18, plus $50,000 donated on May 5.
  • Roxanne Conlin, Des Moines (attorney and 1982 gubernatorial candidate): $10,000 donated on Feb. 8.
  • Richard Deming, Des Moines (medical director of MercyOne Richard Deming Cancer Center): $10,000 donated on May 11.
  • Walter E. Lauridsen, Des Moines (owner of Boyer Valley Company, an affiliate of the Lauridsen Group, Inc): $25,000 donated on May 13.
  • William C. Knapp, West Des Moines (chairman emeritus of Knapp Properties): $10,000 donated on May 14.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.