Tuesday, May 13, 2008

News From RPI Chairman Stewart Iverson

South Dakota Senator John Thune to headline Lincoln Dinner

John Thune will keynote the annual Lincoln Day Dinner fundraising event. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, and will be held at Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

Thune, who defeated Sen. Tom Daschle in 2004, is considered one of the party’s rising stars.

“We are extremely excited that Sen. Thune agreed to keynote our event,” said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Stewart Iverson. “He is a dynamic and passionate legislator, and we look forward to welcoming our Midwestern neighbor.”

Individual tickets are available from the Republican Party of Iowa for $75. Individuals may host a table for $750

All contributions will be deposited in the Iowa Republican Party’s Federal Account. Funds received in response to this solicitation will be subject to Federal contribution limits. The maximum an individual can contribute to the Iowa Republican Party’s Federal Account is $10,000 per year. Contributions to the Iowa Republican Party are not tax deductible. Corporate and foreign national contributions are prohibited under federal law. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.

For more information, please call Wes Peterson at (515) 282-8105 or e-mail wpeterson@iowagop.org.

McCain Gaining Ground in Election

…And now Democrats, who had been expecting a banner year, are fighting among themselves as the nomination contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama becomes increasingly bitter.

That’s giving McCain a head start on making his case to voters while Obama sees his candidacy tarnished with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright distraction…

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State Auditor Vaudt Continues His Vigilance:

State officials paid an out-of-state contractor $882,260 to help Iowa save $50,325 a year, according to an audit released Monday.

A spokesman for the contractor disputes the conclusions, but State Auditor David Vaudt stands behind the report.

"I think when you look at it, we obviously didn't accomplish the savings that were projected in the contract, but yet we still had to pay the fee," Vaudt said Monday…

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