Friday, October 22, 2010
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OTTUMWA, Iowa - Evidence that support is surging for Republican congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks' campaign to unseat Democrat incumbent Dave Loebsack came today in the latest campaign finance reports, which show she outraised the embattled incumbent more than three-to-one and has more cash on hand as the race approaches its final week.

Loebsack, who has been sharply criticized for voting with House Speaker more than 97 percent of the time, raised only $20,916 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13. At the same time Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa ophthalmologist, raised more than $61,327.

Loebsack's campaign reported expenditures of $251,692, mainly on attack advertising, while Miller-Meeks' campaign spent $95,445. Loebsack ended the reporting period with only $279,307 cash on hand compared to more than $370,687 for Miller-Meeks. The latest numbers come on the heels of polling that shows Miller-Meeks is leading the troubled, two-term congressman.

"These numbers are significant because they show the strong support that Mariannette Miller-Meeks has in this race and show that she is drawing the resources to take her case to eastern Iowans that she will work to create jobs, cut government spending and lower taxes in direct contrast to what David Loebsack and Nancy Pelosi have done to us these past four years," said Miller-Meeks campaign manager, Tracie Gibler. "No wonder why he has Nancy Pelosi and her liberal allies bankrolling his barrage of negative ads."

Gibler also noted that Loebsack's campaign conducted a poll on Oct. 1 but refused to release the results.

"It's telling that he'd choose to keep that secret from us, but he knows what eastern Iowans know, and that is that he's in big trouble for his votes to bail out Wall Street and approve a national energy tax, which will wipe out 30,000 Iowa jobs according to industry experts and cost every Iowa family more than $1,300 per year," she said.

Miller-Meeks believes in smaller government, hard work and a willingness to serve others. She grew up in a poor family, worked her way through college, became an army nurse and soon after graduated medical school. She is a U.S. Army veteran who served 24 years in the Reserves, a former President of the Iowa Medical Society and former faculty member at the University of Iowa. She recently co-owned and operated a small business - an ophthalmology practice - until last year when she gave it up to run full-time for Congress. She and her family live in Ottumwa.

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