How Rob Sand Won

A guest post from Andrew Turner, campaign manager for Rob Sand’s State Auditor race. Sand was the only Democrat to defeat a statewide Republican incumbent in Iowa this year. November 6, 2018 will forever be a bittersweet night for many of us. There were great victories and great losses we will remember and learn from. I won’t, nor should any staffer, claim to have a secret formula on how to “Win as a Democrat in Iowa.” I’m simply going to tell you what I saw firsthand over 12 months of working with Rob Sand, and maybe that’ll answer the question of […]

Rob Sand Defeats Mary Mosiman In State Auditor’s Race

Rob Sand defeated State Auditor Mary Mosiman, ousting a Republican incumbent in one of Democrats’ brighter moments of the evening. A former assistant attorney general, Sand will be the youngest statewide elected official in Iowa. While races for State Auditor are typically quiet, under-the-radar affairs, Sand put together a juggernaut of a campaign, raising over $1.7 million. He dominated the airwaves with ads both funny and serious, highlighting his time as a prosecutor and role in the lottery-rigging case. His wife Christine was featured in another where she described her husband’s frugality. Mosiman tried to discredit Sand due to him […]

Potential Scenarios For Tonight’s Iowa Elections

It’s here. It’s finally, finally here. Iowans are headed to the polls this morning, and there’s already reports of long lines and enthusiastic new voters registering at their voting place. After high-profile campaigns that have lasted an intense 16 months or more, most candidates, volunteers, staffers and rank-and-file Democrats and Republicans are just eager for it to be done – and to see who wins. Democrats have become cautiously optimistic in the past week, though memories of devastating election nights in 2016, 2014 and 2010 weigh heavy on their minds. But there are very legitimate reasons to feel good about […]

Statewide Democratic Candidates Smash Republicans’ Fundraising Totals

It may be time for Iowa Republicans to sound the alarm bells. Fundraising totals just posted today for Iowa’s latest reporting period show Democrats destroying their GOP counterparts in every single competitive statewide race. All told, Democrats’ statewide candidates raised a combined $2,866,382 to Republicans’ $1,250,516. However, largely thanks to Governor Kim Reynolds’ war chest, Republicans still have a combined cash-on-hand advantage in those same races: $4,015,141 to Democrats’ $2,700,608. This latest report covered the six weeks after the June 5 primary. Fred Hubbell led the way with an eye-popping $2.6 million raised. Unlike in some past finance reports, all […]

Rob Sand Breaks Half Million Mark In Fundraising For State Auditor Race

Democratic state auditor candidate Rob Sand will report raising just over $100,000 in the latest July finance report, bringing his total raised for his campaign past the half million dollar mark. State candidates have a July 19 filing deadline for the reporting period that covers May 29 to July 14. As we’ve seen with Sand’s campaign since the beginning, this will be the best-funded auditor campaign in quite some time. Incumbent Republican Auditor Mary Mosiman raised $178,166 for the entirety of her first election in 2014, $50,000 of which came from the state party. The auditor’s race can often be an […]

Rob Sand Out-Raises Mary Mosiman 3-To-1 In Latest Finance Report

Iowans don’t often pay much attention to the election for State Auditor every four years. They certainly will be watching in 2018, thanks at least in part to Democrat Rob Sand’s continued fundraising success. Sand’s campaign will report raising $179,000 in the January 1 – May 14 report that is due on Monday, bringing his total raised for the race up to $380,000 (he brought in $200,000 in the first seven weeks of his campaign). That $179,000 figure means that he once again brought in more money in one fundraising period than incumbent Republican State Auditor Mary Mosiman raised for […]

Auditor Mary Mosiman Already In Trouble In Her Reelection Effort

Republican State Auditor Mary Mosiman is not off to a great start in her reelection effort in 2018. Campaign finance reports released last week showed the incumbent having only raised $28,392 through all of last year, and she’s currently sitting on $62,458 cash on hand. Her Democratic opponent, Rob Sand, posted a record-breaking $200,854 haul, which he raised in just seven weeks after announcing in November. Sand has $166,148 cash on hand. Judging from her contribution listings, Mosiman appeared to have one or a few fundraisers right in late August and early September last year which accounted for the bulk of her totals. She […]

Rob Sand Posts Record-Breaking $200,000 Haul For State Auditor Run

It looks like Iowans will see a hotly-contested race for State Auditor this year. Democratic candidate Rob Sand informed Starting Line that he has raised an eye-popping $200,854 in his bid for the oft-overlooked state office. Sand announced back in early November, so this fundraising haul for the 2017 report was accomplished in just seven weeks, a record for any state auditor campaign in that short a time. For comparison’s sake, Sand has already raised more than incumbent Republican State Auditor Mary Mosiman brought in during the entirety of her first election in 2014. She raised $178,166 in all then, […]

With Zach Wahls And More, Iowa Dems’ Future Is On The Ballot In 2018

Few elections have ever held more longterm consequences for a state than the upcoming 2018 races in Iowa. A few of the issues at stake: the survival of public unions and Planned Parenthood, the existence of mental healthcare services, and the state’s own political identity as a purple or red state. Iowa could soon become the next Kansas for decades to come, or a Democratic wave could return balance to the Statehouse. But for the Democratic Party here, 2018 presents one more opportunity that could outlive all of those outcomes: the chance to vote into office a raft of young […]

Why Decorah Native Rob Sand Is Running For State Auditor

Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand has investigated and prosecuted cases of corruption, fraud and abuse for the past seven years for Iowa. Now he looks to use that experience to turn the State Auditor’s office into a more aggressive watchdog agency that keeps a check on powerful interests within the government and beyond. Today Sand announced his candidacy to take on incumbent Republican Auditor Mary Mosiman, kicking it off with a statewide tour that begins in his hometown of Decorah. The 35-year-old will likely be the only Democrat in the race. Preparations for the run have been months in the […]