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Aug 1 2014

RPI statement on IDP caucus proposals

DES MOINES—Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement today in response to the Iowa Democratic Party proposals to the Democratic National Committee today on changes to the Iowa caucuses.

“I recently had a productive phone conversation with Iowa Democratic Party chairman Scott Brennan,” Kaufmann said. “We agreed that there will be strong, bipartisan cooperation to do anything it takes to protect Iowa’s first in the nation caucuses.”

“Chairman Brennan and I have agreed to sit down as soon as possible this month to have in-depth, face-to-face conversations about the Democrats’ proposals and Republican ideas to strengthen the caucuses. In the spirit of good faith negotiations, I will withhold any specific comments on the Iowa Democrats’ proposals on the caucuses,” Kaufmann said.


Aug 1 2014

Braley Paying Back Steyer By Voting Against Iowa Farmers

Braley Was The Only Member Of The Delegation To Oppose The Ag Committee’s Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act Of 2013

DES MOINES – After his extreme environmentalist billionaire friend Tom Steyer made a $2.6 million ad buy into Iowa, Washington liberal Bruce Braley was the only member of the congressional delegation to vote against the bipartisan Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013. This legislation would spare farmers from the EPA’s costly regulation against the use of pesticides.

As the House Agricultural Committee reports:

“The [Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013] would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the use of pesticides already approved under FIFRA. Without Congressional action, pesticide users are required to obtain the extra permit or be subject to a costly fine.” (Ag Chairman Frank Lucas, The Ag Minute: America’s Farmers Are Counting On Passage of H.R. 935, House Agricultural Committee, Accessed 07/31/14)

“With extreme environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer trying to buy the election, Bruce Braley showed his gratitude by supporting the EPA’s decision to fine farmers over their pesticide use,” said Iowa Republican Party spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Braley was the only member of our delegation to oppose this job-killing regulation because he doesn’t want Steyer to turnoff the spigot.”

BACKGROUND …

On July 31, 2014, Bruce Braley Was The Only Member Of The Delegation To Amend The EPA’s Regulation Against Pesticide Usage. “To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.” (H.R. 935, Roll Call Vote 470, David Loebsack Aye, Steve King Aye, Tom Latham Aye, Bruce Braley Nay, 07/31/14)

On July 28, 2014, Bruce Braley Was The Only Member Of The Delegation To Amend The EPA’s Regulation Against Pesticide Usage. To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes. (H.R. 935, Roll Call Vote 455, David Loebsack Aye, Steve King Aye, Tom Latham Aye, Bruce Braley Nay, 07/28/14)


Jul 31 2014

Iowa GOP calls on Tom Miller to stop unseemly fundraising from investigation targets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thurs., July 31

Iowa GOP calls on Tom Miller to stop unseemly fundraising from investigation targets

DES MOINES—Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann today challenged the campaign of incumbent Attorney General Tom Miller to publicly pledge to stop raising campaign funds from individuals, businesses and attorneys targeted by the Attorney General’s office for investigations.

“During his last campaign, Tom Miller used his office to pressure targets of investigations to fill his campaign coffers. This unseemly practice must stop, and Miller should pledge to Iowans that he will no longer shake down companies and lawyers for campaign cash,” said Jeff Patch, RPI’s communications director.

The next campaign finance report is not due with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board until Oct. 14, and it won’t be public until even later. Between now and then, Miller will likely attend numerous out-of-state fundraising events in places like New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to raise money from trial lawyers and corporate attorneys connected to his office’s investigations.

For example, earlier this week, Miller’s office announced a settlement with the Rome Financial Co. While laudable, Iowans won’t be able to know whether Miller’s campaign has solicited executives, lawyers or other connected with such investigation targets until it’s too late—unless Miller pledges to stop.

“It’s critically important that Miller immediately and publicly pledge to stop these seedy solicitations,” Patch said. “By taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from targets of his office’s investigations, Miller has created the perception that justice is for sale in Iowa. Iowans deserve better.”

Iowa voters—not to mention journalists—have no way to judge for themselves whether Miller’s fundraising is appropriate or corrupt.

Republican nominee Adam Gregg offers Iowans a clear choice in the election for Attorney General: an advocate for regular Iowans, small businesses and families oran out-of-touch incumbent who uses his office to enrich his campaign at the expense of Iowa justice,” Patch said.

“Miller should donate his tainted 2010 campaign contributions to charity, but it’s more important that his sketchy fundraising stops immediately,” Patch said. “The best way to end this mess once and for all is to elect Adam Gregg as Attorney General.”

BACKGROUND

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s campaign contributions rise when foreclosure investigation begins

  • Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s campaign war chest got a dramatic boost after he announced his leadership of the 50-state attorneys general investigation into foreclosure irregularities. Out-of-state law firms and donors from the finance, insurance, and real estate sector gave $261,445-which is 88 times more than they had given him over the previous decade
  • Nearly half of the money Miller raised in 2010—$338,223 of $785,103—was donated after the October 13 announcement that he would be coordinating the 50-state attorneys general investigation…
  • Miller’s major contributions from out-of-state lawyers and firms closely tracks these developments. Between September 30 and Election Day, Miller received $170,300 from lawyers outside of Iowa, which is two-thirds of all the money he raised from them during the entire two-year election cycle. (For a more detailed, day-by-day timeline of Miller’s contributions from lawyers and lobbyists, see his contributions timeline)…
  • The out-of-state lawyers who suddenly took a strong interest in Miller’s reelection last fall are among the most prominent litigators and partners from some of the largest and most famous corporate and class action firms in the country, which is not surprising given the numerous high-stakes court cases filed in the wake of the financial collapse of 2008 that could be impacted by the pending settlement.

[SourceNational Institute of Money in State Politics, 4/20/11]

Foreclosure-Probe Chief Asked Bank Lawyers for Money

  • …In response to queries from TIME, Miller says he initiated fundraising calls to several national firms that represent big banks after he had announced his intention to investigate the foreclosure mess. “In September and October, I tried to reach out to people that I’d worked with and I thought had respect for me and potential support for me and tried to raise money from them,” Miller says. “And a number of them were from national firms.” Miller declined to say how many lawyers he contacted who regularly represent big banks and said he “didn’t know until after the election which firms were representing the banks in the foreclosure” case.

[SourceTIME Magazine, 5/9/11]

Best Way to Raise Campaign Money? Investigate Banks

  • A hilarious report has come out courtesy of the National Institute of Money in State Politics, showing that Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller – who is coordinating the investigation into the banks’ improper mortgage dealings – increased his campaign contributions from the finance sector this year by a factor of 88! He has raised $261,445 from finance, insurance and real estate contributors since he announced that he was going to be coordinating the investigation into improper foreclosure practices. That is 88 times as much as they gave him not over last year, but over the previous decade… This is about as perfect an example of how American politics works as you’ll ever see.

[SourceRolling Stone Magazine, 5/21/11]


Jul 30 2014

HYPOCRISY ALERT: Bruce Braley’s Oil Stocks

DES MOINES – Washington liberal Bruce Braley has made no secret that he loathes American oil and gas companies, but what he doesn’t want Iowans to know is that he owned up to $120,000 worth of stock in oil and gas companies. While Braley might claim that it was a “blind trust,” the fact is he personally had to file the paperwork disclosing his investments so anything to the contrary is untrue.

“With Bruce Braley attacking American energy companies, the inconvenient truth for him is that he once stuffed his pockets with oil and gas related stocks from at least 8 companies,” said Iowa Republican Party Spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Braley’s outrage towards energy companies is a political act, because he has enriched himself from the oil companies that he’s supposedly against.”

BACKGROUND …

Bruce Braley Reported That He Has Up To $120,000 In Oil & Gas Stocks

For 2012, Braley Reported Owning Stock, Worth Between $1,001 And $15,000, In Ashland Inc., A Chemical And Oil Company. (Bruce Braley, 2012 Personal Financial Disclosure, Filed 8/13/13)

For 2012, Braley Reported Owning Stock, Worth Between $1,001 And $15,000, In Rosetta Resources Inc., An Oil Company. (Bruce Braley, 2012 Personal Financial Disclosure, Filed 8/13/13)

For 2012, Braley Reported Owning Stock, Worth Between $1,001 And $15,000, In CMS Energy Corp., A Natural Gas Company. (Bruce Braley, 2012 Personal Financial Disclosure, Filed 8/13/13)

For 2012, Braley Reported Owning Stock, Worth Between $1,001 And $15,000, In XXI Energy Bermuda LTD., An Oil Company. (Bruce Braley, 2012 Personal Financial Disclosure, Filed 8/13/13)

For 2012, Braley Reported Owning Stock, Worth Between $1,001 And $15,000, In Schlumberger LTD., An Oil Company. (Bruce Braley, 2012 Personal Financial Disclosure, Filed 8/13/13)

For 2012, Braley Reported Owning Stock, Worth Between $1,001 And $15,000, In Williams Cos., An Oil Company. (Bruce Braley, 2012 Personal Financial Disclosure, Filed 8/13/13)

For 2012, Braley Reported Owning Stock, Worth Between $1,001 And $15,000, In Grace W.R. & Co., An Oil And Chemical Company. (Bruce Braley, 2012 Personal Financial Disclosure, Filed 8/13/13)

For 2012, Braley Reported Owning Stock, Worth Between $1,001 And $15,000, In Halliburton, An Oil Field Services Company. (Bruce Braley, 2012 Personal Financial Disclosure, Filed 8/13/13)


Jul 29 2014

Iowa Federation of Republican Women 75th Anniversary Event

Iowa Federation of Republican Women 75th Anniversary Event

Friday, August 15

Sioux City Convention Center, 401 Gordon Dr., Sioux City, Iowa

5:30 p.m. – VIP Reception

6:30-8:30 p.m. – Banquet

Headliners: J.C. Watts, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Charles Grassley, Cong. Steve King, together with confirmed guests Joni Ernst, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Sam Clovis, Mary Mosiman, and Adam Gregg. Tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorships are available at $1,075, $575 and $275. Contact Melissa@iowafrw.org or lori@section23media.com for more information.