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Mike Huckabee’s PAC Invades Iowa

It has been just a week since the Georgia primary run-off for governor in which Nathan Deal emerged with a victory of less than 2,500 votes after entering the race trailing by double digits to his opponent Karen Handel.  Deal was the clear conservative in this race and Huckabee made a late endorsement of  his campaign five days before the run-off against the endorsements of Handel by Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.  Huckabee made a visit to Georgia on behalf of Deal three days before the election and Palin was there for Handel the day after.  Huckabee also cut robocalls and ads for Deal, but perhaps the biggest factor of the outcome of the election is that Team Huck volunteers from around the country make 3,000 phone calls for Deal before the run-off with 1,000 of those calls going straight into Handel territory where Deal ended up winning by 750 votes.

This is not an unusual situation for Huck PAC and its committed volunteers.  This sort of commitment to endorsed candidates has happened in numerous elections; it just happened under the radar.  Huck PAC’s Executive Director, Hogan Gidley, said it best in a Real Clear politics interview, which is the first major media outlet to actually catch on to the strength of Governor Huckabee’s unconventional PAC which relies more on the people than the pocketbook:

“We do a lot of the things that fly under the D.C. radar like robocalls, get-out-the-vote messages, e-blasts, and things like that,” Gidley said. “And while they’re not something that excites members on the press, the people on the ground who receive the votes and the benefits of the governor’s trust do appreciate it.”

Because Mike Huckabee’s PAC does not raise the money that the other PAC’s do, such as Romney’s, Palin’s, or Tim Pawlenty’s, the media writes it off.  What a lot of people don’t realize, however, is how Huck PAC spends this money compared to the others and how many people are actually donating.  For example, after a conference call with Huck PAC I learned that even though Palin has raised three times as much as Huckabee since January 1, 2009, she only got it with 24,000 donations compared to his 29,000 donations.  What’s the big deal?  Huckabee’s following his greater but they just don’t give nearly as much.  Also, Huck PAC does what a PAC is supposed to and actually gives money to endorsed candidates.  This past filing period it gave a third of its money to the candidates while Romney’s and Palin’s PACs usually hover in the single digit or teen percentages.

Mike Huckabee’s PAC also does something no other major PAC does and that is endorse candidates at the state and local level, which was demonstrated in Iowa yesterday.  We all know that change starts from the bottom up and that is where Huck PAC is making a huge impact.  There were eleven new candidates endorsed yesterday in Iowa and only three of them were for the Federal level and over half of them were not incumbents.  Of those non-incumbents only one of them is going after an open seat (and that was previously held by a Democrat) and the other five are going after the Democrat incumbent, sometimes very entrenched ones and some who are also being funded by Republicans.  These are not easy races which proves that Mike Huckabee is not just going after the winner or the party favorite, but those candidates who hold true to the principles of his PAC.

Huck PAC will support Republican candidates who are passionate advocates for tax reform, a strong national defense, real border security, life, the family, less government, and individual liberty.

Even though Governor Huckabee has won recent 2012  polling both in Iowa and nationally, his efforts are focused on 2010 and electing conservatives nationwide and especially in my great state of Iowa.

Here is a list of the newest Iowa Huck PAC endorsed candidates and their websites.  I hope to follow-up with a post on each of them before election day.

Steve King (U.S. Congress 5th District) http://www.kingforcongress.com/
Tom Latham (U.S. Congress 4th District) http://www.tomlatham.com/
Dwayne Alons (Iowa House 4th District) http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/members/dwayne-alons
Chris Hagenow (Iowa House 59th District) http://chrishagenow.com/
Jason Schultz (Iowa House 55th District) http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/members/jason-schultz

Kent Sorenson (running for Iowa Senate 37th District) http://kentsorenson.com/
Kim Pearson (running for Iowa House 42nd District) http://www.kimpearsoniowahouse.com/
Tom Shaw (running for Iowa House 8th District) http://www.electshaw2010.com/
Jane Hodoly (running for Iowa House 93rd District) http://hodolyforhouse.com/
Brenna Findley (running for Iowa Attorney General) http://www.findleyforiowa.com/
Brad Zaun (running for U.S. Congress 3rd District) http://www.bradzaun.com/

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Huckabee, Prop 8, and the Federal Marriage Amendment

Two weeks have passed since yet another activist judge has tried to not only re-define marriage, but also override a state Constitutional amendment and the will of the people.  There is now a stay on that ruling (that there is a Federal Constitutional right to gay marriage) until the appeal.

With all of this going on the GOP is not so surprisingly silent on an issue that is in their platform…marriage between one man and one woman.  Governor Huckabee has always been and always will be the Republican with conviction on this issue and one of the few who call for a Federal Marriage Amendment to stop the madness of the courts on this issue.

From Huck PAC after the initial Prop 8 ruling:

Statement On Prop 8 Ruling

by Mike Huckabee

Without exception – regardless of political ideology, judges should never legislate from the bench. Marriage has always been defined as being between one man and one woman. In fact, state after state has voted to uphold the definition of marriage whenever the question has been placed on the ballot – but for some reason activist judges keep trying to redefine it.

Today’s ruling tramples on the will of the people and sadly, it seems judicial activists are determined to advance their personal radical agenda. That’s why I believe it’s time for a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. That is the only action that will truly protect marriage.