Iowa's campaign economy
Michele Bachmann cheers at a diner during a campaign stop in Iowa City, Iowa, on December 22, 2011.
December 27th, 2011
07:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Iowa's campaign economy

Des Moines, Iowa (CNNMoney) - The Iowa caucus isn't just a political exercise. It's also a very big business.

As candidates crisscross the state with their staffers, supporters and the media in hot pursuit, the groups dump money into local economies from Des Moines to Ottumwa.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Keith in Austin

    Hey Rudy! Doesn't the Bible say something about God helping those that help themselves?
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    In 2011, Koch was awarded the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership. The award honors "the ideals and principles which guided William E. Simon’s giving, including personal responsibility, resourcefulness, volunteerism, scholarship, individual freedom, faith in God, and helping people to help themselves."

    Actually, that is a motto of an organization that recently awarded Charles G. Koch, of the Koch brothers fame and fortune, a man of the year award or some other. It's on Wikipedia, "Philanthropy". I would surmise that campaign donations are being construed as philanthropy.

    December 27, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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