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11 Iowans named as top political influencers


Campaign & Elections magazine has named 11 Iowans to a national list of 500 political “influencers.”

Here are the Iowans’ names:


– Brian Dumas, president, Victory Enterprises, a Davenport-based consulting firm.

Robert Haus, vice president of Policy Works, LLC, a Clive-based firm that advised Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential campaign in Iowa.

– David Kochel, owner of Des Moines-based Red Wave Communications, who worked for Mitt Romney’s campaign and provides direct mail for many federal candidates.

– Chuck Laudner of Rockford,  a  veteran GOP political adviser who drove former Sen. Rick Santorum around Iowa in his now-famous “Chuck truck” as the former Pennsylvania lawmaker came from far behind in the polls to narrowly win the Republican Party’s Iowa Caucus presidential contest.

– Nicole Schlinger, founder, Campaign Headquarters, whom Campaigns & Elections says “knows how to make it rain for conservative candidates.”


– Brad Anderson and Jeff Link, Link Strategies of Des Moines. Anderson headed President Barack Obama’s Iowa campaign in 2012 and the magazine calls Link “easily the most prominent Democratic strategist in the state.”

– John Cacciatore, senior vice president,  Policy Works. He’s a lobbyist and former aide to Tom Vilsack and Leonard Boswell.

– Jerry Crawford, Des Moines lawyer and lobbyist who has sometimes been described as a “kingmaker” for Democratic presidential candidates running in Iowa.

– Derek Eadon of West Des Moines, a key Democratic organizer and election director in Iowa.

– Jesse Harris, principal, LS2 Group, who is a veteran campaign worker with experience working for labor and Sen. Tom Harkin.