Theresa Greenfield at a meet and greet in Marshalltown, Iowa, on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Last quarter, Theresa Greenfield, the Democratic nominee in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, broke fundraising records pulling over $28 million in a single quarter. To date, she has raised just shy of $40 million, has spent over $30.5 million, and had $9.4 million cash on hand as of September 30, 2020. 

Ernst had a good fundraising quarter last quarter as well, over $6.6 million, but was dwarfed by Greenfield, who has fundraised far more than she has campaigned. Ernst has raised over $21.5 million, spent $17.4 million, and as of September 30, 2020, had $4.3 million cash on hand. 

While both Ernst and Greenfield have benefitted from out-of-state donations, most of the fundraising tsunami that Greenfield has experienced have been from out-of-state.

In this last quarter, over $17.8 million of individual contributions were from out-of-state donors, while $1.2 million came from within the state. According to OpenSecrets, 92.1 percent of her contributions for this election cycle ($26.6 million) came from out-of-state.

OpenSecrets reports that Greenfield’s top metro areas are:

  1. New York – $3,255,788
  2. Washington, DC Metro – $2,269,323
  3. San Francisco – $2,256,387
  4. Boston – $2,003,111
  5. Los Angeles-Long Beach – $1,793,343

Her top zip codes are:

  1. 10024 (New York, NY) – $315,984
  2. 10023 (New York, NY) – $273,546
  3. 20815 (Chevy Chase, MD) – $239,124
  4. 50312 (Des Moines, IA) – $205,298
  5. 20008 (Washington, DC) – $196,299
  6. 94301 (Palo Alto, CA) – $175,789
  7. 10025 (New York, NY) – $174,252
  8. 10011 (New York, NY) – $166,194
  9. 10128 (New York, NY) – $153,618
  10. 94114 (San Francisco, CA) – $149,980

Comparatively, all but two of Ernst’s top ten zip codes for fundraising are in Iowa. 

There has been over $100 million in outside spending in this race to benefit Greenfield that includes her out-of-state donors (individuals and groups), as well as outside SuperPACs and PACs spending independently of her campaign. 

Greenfield has pledged to not take a “dime” of corporate PAC money but has. She has accepted $272,800 from Democrat Leadership PACs that are funded by corporate interests.  

She said she wants to “stem the tide” of dark money groups, but when asked about the dark money groups pouring money into the state, Greenfield said during the WHO-TV Democratic Primary debate in May, “I don’t control those groups. I don’t even know who they are. I wouldn’t even know who to call.”

“But you could say right now because they would know,” WHO-TV political director Dave Price, the debate moderator, countered. Greenfield laughed in response.

4 comments
  1. One of her scariest donors is J Street. J Street is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It pretends to be pro-Israel, but does all it can to sabotage the Jewish state. In the words of Alan Dershowitz: “J Street has been the most damaging organization in American history against Israel . . . J Street has done more to turn young people against Israel than any organization in the whole of history. It will go down in history as one of the most virulent, anti-Israel organizations in the history of Zionism and Judaism. It has given cover to anti-Israel attitudes on campus and particularly its approach to Israel’s self defense.” David Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, described J Street as: “. . . smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas”. The former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren agrees that J Street opposes “all policies of all Israeli governments. It’s significantly out of the mainstream . . . When it comes to the survival of the Jewish state, there should be no differences of opinion. You are fooling around with the lives of 7 million people. This is no joke.”

    Another scary donor is Emily’s List. If you oppose partial birth abortion in the third trimester, you will be opposed by Emily’s List.

      1. THERESA GREENFIELD FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

        https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/j-street/summary?id=D000052457

        THERESA GREENFIELD IS THE SEVENTH HIGHEST RECIPIENT OF FUNDS FROM JSTREETPAC.

        JSTREET PAC IS THE ELEVENTH LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GREENFIELD CAMPAIGN

        Greenfield, Theresa
        $62,410

        Candidate (D-IAS2)

        +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
        JD SCHOLTEN FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

        https://www.opensecrets.org/races/contributors?cycle=2020&id=IA04&spec=N

        JSTREET PAC IS THE FOURTH LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO JD SCHOLTEN CAMPAIGN:

        J Street
        $15,750
        +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
        ABBY FINKENAUER FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

        https://www.opensecrets.org/members-of-congress/abby-finkenauer/contributors?cid=N00040888&cycle=2020&type=I

        JSTREETPAC is the 17th highest donor for Abby Finkenhauser

        17
        J Street
        $11,450

        +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
        RITA HART SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

        JSTREET IS FIFTH LARGEST DONOR (LISTED AS VENDOR) TO RITA HART

        https://www.opensecrets.org/campaign-expenditures/vendor?cycle=2020&vendor=Rita+Hart+for+Iowa&year=2020

        5
        JStreetPAC
        $28,464

        (Jstreet is mislisted as a vendor at opensecrets.org, when it is actually a donor).

        Jstreet Donations to Rita Hart Campaign are listed at:

        https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/?data_type=processed&committee_id=C00706457&contributor_name=jstreet&two_year_transaction_period=2020&min_date=01%2F01%2F2019&max_date=12%2F31%2F2020

  2. Do you think Theresa Greenfield will do a good job of protecting us from the abuses of Big Tech? Let’s see:

    https://www.opensecrets.org/races/contributors?cycle=2020&id=IAS2&spec=N

    Who are her top 10 donors?
    Alphabet Inc $309,152 BIG TECH (GOOGLE).
    Emily’s List $252,655
    University of California $200,468
    League of Conservation Voters $124,318
    University of Iowa $100,148
    Harvard University $81,570
    Microsoft Corp $79,594 BIG TECH
    Apple Inc $77,060 BIG TECH
    Facebook Inc $75,746 BIG TECH
    Stanford University $66,845

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