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Aug 26 2014

Iowa GOP unveils major revelation about Hatch’s legislative maneuvering for personal financial gain

DES MOINES—The Republican Party of Iowa held a press conference this afternoon at the Iowa State Capitol to unveil a major revelation about the questionable legislative maneuvering of state Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, to benefit his real estate development firm.

In the 2013 legislative session, state Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, introduced a bill to reduce the maximum amount of developer tax credits through the Iowa Finance Authority from 15 to 10 percent. Senate Democrats assigned the bill, S.F. 95, to Hatch, the flailing Democrat nominee for governor. Hatch made sure that the bill never got a hearing, much less a full debate on the Senate floor.

Sen. Jake Chapman, R-Adel, served on the Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa subcommittee with Hatch. “I wanted this bill to at least get a hearing so Iowans could debate the appropriate level of tax credits that benefit real estate developers,” Chapman said. “Nonetheless, with real estate mogul Jack Hatch chairing the subcommittee, legislators and informed constituents found out quickly that the bill was DOA.”

Hatch has pocked just under $7.3 million in developer fees for his company’s projects. If that bill—which Hatch stashed away in a drawer—had been in effect, he could have missed out on about $2 million in taxpayer money. “Now you know why Jack Hatch keeps hiding his tax returns from Iowa journalists and voters,” said Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann,  who served for a decade as a leader in the Iowa House.

“Hatch made millions off of tax credits and developer fees during his time as a liberal Des Moines lawmaker. He needs to come clean with Iowans and release at least five years of his tax returns so people can decide for themselves whether he personally benefited from his actions—and lack of action—as a lawmaker.”

“This new information fits into a pattern: Jack Hatch has hidden the truth about his business from Iowans. He invested a pittance and then personally cashed in on developer tax credits to the tune of millions of dollars while bashing the Branstad administration for using tax credits to help Iowa business,” said Kaufmann, a seventh-generation farmer from Wilton.

“In Hatch’s case, Senate Democrats allowing him to chair a subcommittee on economic development and tax credits is like a fox guarding the hen house.”

BACKGROUND

Jan. 30, 2013
State Sen. Brad Zaun, D-Urbandale introduced S.F. 95, and Senate Democrats referred the bill to the Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa committee, S.J. 158.

Jan. 31
The full committee, chaired by state Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, assigned the bill to a subcommittee chaired by Sen. Hatch. The committee also included Hatch took no further action on the bill. S.J. 180.


Aug 26 2014

Bruce Braley Blasted The Chamber Of Commerce Over Tort Reform

DES MOINES – In an effort to help trial lawyers, Bruce Braley proudly penned an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News, where he ruthlessly attacked the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over tort reform.  Braley claimed that tort reform was an all-out attack on trial lawyers.

“The Chamber of Commerce helps small businesses across our state, yet Bruce Braley views them as the enemy because they want to limit frivolous lawsuits,” said Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann.  “Braley’s decision to fight for frivolous lawsuits tells you everything about his priorities.”  

BACKGROUND …

In 1998, Braley Wrote An Op-Ed Criticizing The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce’s Campaign For Tort Reform As An “All-Out Attack On Trial Lawyers”

In February 1998, Braley Wrote An Op-Ed Criticizing The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Tort Reform Campaign As An “All-Out Attack On Trial Lawyers.” “The stories described how Washington’s largest business lobbying group — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — is planning its most expensive public relations campaign ever: ‘an all-out attack on trial lawyers.’ Because I am a trial lawyer this attack is aimed directly at me and the clients I represent.” (Bruce Braley, Op-Ed, “Attack on Trial Lawyers Will Benefit Big Business,” San Jose Mercury News 2/11/98)

Braley Claimed Tort Reform Efforts Threaten America’s Justice System And “The Real Victims” Will Be Consumers. “But the truth is, while the Chamber of Commerce may be aiming its slings and arrows at the legal profession, its real target is America’s system of justice. And that’s why the real victims in this campaign will be consumers.” (Bruce Braley, Op-Ed, “Attack on Trial Lawyers Will Benefit Big Business,” San Jose Mercury News 2/11/98)

Braley: “I Will Also Oppose The Misguided Efforts Of The U.S. Chamber And Its Allies To Take Away My Clients’ Rights Under The Guise Of Attacking My Profession.” (Bruce Braley, Op-Ed, “Attack on Trial Lawyers Will Benefit Big Business,” San Jose Mercury News 2/11/98)

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Bruce Braley has been in Washington for 8 years and was recently in Texas for a political fundraiser where he belittled Senator Chuck Grassley for being just a farmer, with no law degree.  Additionally, during the 112th Congress, Braley skipped 75 percent of the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings. 


Aug 25 2014

Bruce Braley Can’t Be Trusted On Social Security

DES MOINES – Washington liberal Bruce Braley has proven that he can’t be trusted on the issue of Social Security.  Braley first said that he was for raising the retirement age, but today he announced he opposes his own idea.
As the Des Moines Register reports:

“Braley told the Cedar Rapids Gazette in 2006 – shortly before he won his first election to Congress – that raising the retirement age might be necessary to ensure Social Security’s long-term viability. … The Braley campaign on Monday clarified that he does not support raising the retirement …”  (Jason Noble, New Joni Ernst Ad Pledges Support For Entitlements, The Des Moines Register, 08/25/14)

“When it comes to protecting Social Security, Washington liberal Bruce Braley can’t be trusted.  First he said he wanted to raise the retirement age, now he’s flip-flopped,” said Republican Party of Iowa spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “It’s clear Bruce Braley can’t be trusted, because he’ll say anything to stay in power in Washington.”

BACKGROUND …

Bruce Braley Flip-Flopped On Social Security

Bruce Braley Specifically Said He Would Consider Raising The Social Security Retirement Age. “However, he’s willing to consider all options when it comes to ensuring the program’s long-term viability. … However, there aren’t many options he would rule out.  Braley called for ‘some modest adjustments.’  With life expectancy growing, raising the retirement age – similar to the adjustment made under the Reagan administration – might be necessary, Braley said.  (James Lynch, Braley Calls For `Some Modest Adjustments’ To Social Security, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, 10/20/06) 

Bruce Braley Specifically Said He’s Against Raising The Social Security Retirement Age.  “Braley told the Cedar Rapids Gazette in 2006 – shortly before he won his first election to Congress – that raising the retirement age might be necessary to ensure Social Security’s long-term viability. … The Braley campaign on Monday clarified that he does not support raising the retirement …”  (Jason Noble, New Joni Ernst Ad Pledges Support For Entitlements, The Des Moines Register, 08/25/14)

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Bruce Braley has been in Washington for 8 years and was recently in Texas for a political fundraiser where he belittled Senator Chuck Grassley for being just a farmer, with no law degree.  Additionally, during the 112th Congress, Braley skipped 75 percent of the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings. 


Aug 25 2014

Democrat Jim Webb Undercuts Bruce Braley’s False Attack Against Joni Ernst

 


DEMOCRAT JIM WEBB:  “I’m not a big believer in the government directing outcomes.  I’m a big believer in letting the market forces work when you can.”

REPORTER:  ”Specifically to this next part.  See if it sounds more like Joni Ernst’s position on this rather than Bruce Braley.  Remember, Ernst has said in a perfect world, no energy sector would get subsides. Here’s what Webb says.”

DEMOCRAT JIM WEBB:  “In a perfect world, we should be looking at all different opportunities to make us energy independent.  I think we’ve done a pretty good job at that over the past several years.”

REPORTER:  “I want to make sure, I’m following you correctly.  So they should not, does the ethanol industry should they be getting these subsidies or not?”

DEMOCRAT JIM WEBB:  “In a perfect world you shouldn’t have subsidies.”
(The Insiders, WHO-TV, 08/24/14)

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Bruce Braley has been in Washington for 8 years and was recently in Texas for a political fundraiser where he belittled Senator Chuck Grassley for being just a farmer, with no law degree.  Additionally, during the 112th Congress, Braley skipped 75 percent of the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings. 


Aug 25 2014

Bruce Braley Called For Raising The Social Security Retirement Age

DES MOINES – The Republican Party of Iowa is reminding voters that Washington liberal Bruce Braley has called for raising the Social Security retirement age.

As the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports:

“However, he’s willing to consider all options when it comes to ensuring the program’s long-term viability. … However, there aren’t many options he would rule out.  Braley called for ‘some modest adjustments.’  With life expectancy growing, raising the retirement age – similar to the adjustment made under the Reagan administration – might be necessary, Braley said.  (James Lynch, Braley Calls For `Some Modest Adjustments’ To Social Security, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, 10/20/06)

“Seniors should be worried, because Washington liberal Bruce Braley has called for raising the Social Security retirement age,” said Republican Party of Iowa spokesman Jahan Wilcox.  “Braley’s past comments for a higher Social Security retirement age is just another reason why our seniors can’t count on him.” 

BACKGROUND …

Bruce Braley Specifically Said He Would Consider Raising The Social Security Retirement Age. “However, he’s willing to consider all options when it comes to ensuring the program’s long-term viability. … However, there aren’t many options he would rule out.  Braley called for ‘some modest adjustments.’  With life expectancy growing, raising the retirement age – similar to the adjustment made under the Reagan administration – might be necessary, Braley said.  (James Lynch, Braley Calls For `Some Modest Adjustments’ To Social Security, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, 10/20/06)

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Bruce Braley has been in Washington for 8 years and was recently in Texas for a political fundraiser where he belittled Senator Chuck Grassley for being just a farmer, with no law degree.  Additionally, during the 112th Congress, Braley skipped 75 percent of the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings.