Latham raises more than $580,000 for 2012 campaign


July 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rep. Tom Latham raised more than $580,000 for his 2012 reelection campaign in the second quarter of 2011, the first reporting period since Iowa’s redistricting plan was implemented.

According to Latham’s campaign, the nine-term congressman has $1.5 million cash on hand as he moves from his current, north-central Iowa district to a southwest Iowa district where he will challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell. The deputy treasurer for Latham’s campaign, Elizabeth Severson, says Latham’s haul is the most his committee has raised in a single quarter.

Boswell hasn’t released his second quarter fundraising numbers. Candidates are required to do so by July 15. Latham is attempting to win a district that is virtually all new terrain, comprised of 16 counties in the southwest and including Des Moines.