By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer
Republican John Archer outraised Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack during the third quarter, Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports show.
According to Monday’s FEC filings, Archer raised $413,205 during the third quarter, which ran from July 1 to Sept 30. Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack raised $312,224 during the same period. This is the first quarter Archer has rais-ed more than Lo-eb-sack, al-tho-ugh he is be-hind in the race for cash on-hand.
Third term incumbent Loebsack has $668,125 on hand compared to Bettendorf lawyer Archer’s $143,189.
In a written statement, Loebsack’s campaign manager, Brian Fritsch, stressed the gap in campaign cash.
“Dave feels very confident he has the re-sources to finish this campaign very strongly. Our campaign has over four times more cash on hand and will be able to get out Dave’s message of balancing the budget the right way by strengthening Medicare and bringing jobs back to Iowa. We are also honored to have the grassroots support of over 1,600 Iowans who have backed Dave,” Fritsch said.
Further, campaign spending increased during the third quarter. Loebsack spent $445,287 while Archer spent $337,572, which accounts for more than 50 percent of spending for both candidates in the past two-year election cycle.
Of what the two candidates reported during the third quarter, Loebsack raised $148,684 from individual contributions and another $163,539 in committee contributions.
Archer received $295,004 from individuals and $118,400 in committee contributions.
“John is honored to have the support of so many Iowa families,” Archer’s communications director, Paul Keppy, said in a written statement. “We knew defeating an incumbent who has been taking special-interest Washington money for six years would be an uphill battle but voters across the district are supporting a candidate who has the experience we need to get this economy back on track.”
Monday’s filings also show Archer received a fair amount of third party contributions. A majority of the nearly $835,000 in independent expenditures that have been spent in the Second Congressional District have come from the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The NRCC has spent more than $760,000 on research and advertising in opposition to Loebsack. Archer has also received financial contributions from the National Rifle Association.
The Democratic National Congressional Committee has not made any independent contributions to the race.
Overall, Archer still falls behind Loebsack in fundraising with $739,228 raised this election cycle compared to Loebsack’s $1,363,412.