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While Lerner Urged Caution, Braley Told The IRS To Further Investigate Conservative Groups

Photo Credit: Getty

Photo Credit: Getty


DES MOINES – With reports emerging yesterday that the IRS’ Lois Lerner told her fellow colleagues to be careful with their government email accounts, the Republican Party of Iowa is reminding voters that four days later after Lerner’s warning it was liberal trial lawyer Bruce Braley who wrote a letter telling the IRS to further investigate non-profit groups.

“Despite orders within the IRS to be careful about their secret witch hunt against non-profit groups, liberal trial lawyer Bruce Braley completely disregarded their advice and openly rooted for them to target conservative groups,”
 said Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann.  “It’s just further proof that Braley is such an arrogant liberal that he thinks it’s acceptable for the IRS to viciously target individuals because they don’t share his extreme agenda of a larger, more intrusive federal government.”    



IRS’ Lerner Warned Her Allies To Be Cautious About Their Emails


The IRS’ Lois Lerner Told Her Colleagues To “Be Cautious About What We Say In Emails.  “An IRS official at the center of the scandal surrounding the targeting of conservative groups apply for tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny warned others ‘be cautious about what we say in emails.’  Lois Lerner, who until 2013 was the director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit, noted in an email to another colleague, asking about whether certain types of communication was searchable, that Congress had on ‘several occasions” asked for email records.’”  (Andrew Kacyznski, IRS Figure At Center Of Scandal Warned Others To “Be Cautious About What We Say In Emails,” BuzzFeed, 07/09/14)


In 2012, Braley Pushed The IRS To Investigate Nonprofit Organizations


Four Days After The Head Of The IRS Denied Targeting Conservative Nonprofit Organizations, Braley Signed A Letter Urging A Probe Into The Political Activities Of Nonprofit Organizations. (Rep. Bruce Braley, Letter To IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, 3/28/12)


On His Campaign Website, Braley Encourages People To “Join Bruce” In Telling The IRS To Exercise Greater Scrutiny Of Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Groups. “Join Bruce and tell the IRS: Close the special interest loophole and require these groups to disclose their donors.” (Campaign Website, Accessed 4/23/14)


In May 2014, Braley Voted Against Holding Lerner In Contempt of Congress

Braley Voted Against H. Res. 574, The Resolution To Hold Former Internal Revenue Service Official Lois Lerner In Contempt Of Congress. (H. Res. 574, Roll Call #203, Passed 231-187: R 225-0, D 6-187, Braley Voted Nay, 5/7/14)

Bruce Braley Raves About The VA Despite Skipping Nearly 75% Of His Committee Hearings


DES MOINES – The Republican Party of Iowa is today releasing a critical statistic in the wake of the Veterans Affairs scandal: Bruce Braley skipped 74 percent of hearings conducted by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, on which he serves.


Adding to the outrage, the continued arrogance of the liberal trial lawyer Braley was again on full display when he was caught on video telling a veteran last week that he thinks people are very happy with the services they are receiving from the VA:

BRUCE BRALEY:  “I Think That Once People Get Into The [Veterans Affairs] System They Are Happy With Their Care.”  (Bruce Braley, Conversation With A Veteran In Mason City, YouTube, 07/03/14)


Watch the video here:

Due to the secret waitlists within Barack Obama’s Veterans Affairs Department, many veterans are not receiving proper healthcare and some are dying due to these long waits.  This a tragic situation that maybe Braley could have seen coming if he didn’t skip so many of his Veterans Affairs committee hearings.

“It comes as no surprise that after skipping nearly 75 percent of his Veterans Affairs hearings, liberal trial lawyer Bruce Braley somehow thinks people are very happy with the VA,” 
said Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann. “With so many veterans not receiving proper care from the VA, it just proves just how out of touch Bruce Braley is with our veterans. Our veterans deserve better care, and deserve better than Bruce Braley.”


Liberal Trial Lawyer Bruce Braley Made a Habit of Skipping His Veterans Affairs Committee Hearings…

In The 112th Congress While Serving On The House Committee On Veterans’ Affairs Bruce Braley Missed 74 Percent Of The Hearings.   (U.S. Government Congressional Printing Office, Congressional Hearings Database, Accessed October 31, 2013)

…Which Explains Why He Never Saw The Warning Signs Of How The VA Was Failing Our Veterans

According To The VA Inspector General Report, 1,700 Veterans, In The Phoenix Health Care System, Were Waiting For A Health Care Appointment But Were Not Included On The Electronic Waiting List.“To date, our work has substantiated serious conditions at the Phoenix HCS. We identified about 1,400 veterans who did not have a primary care appointment but were appropriately included on the Phoenix HCS’ EWLs. However, we identified an additional 1,700 veterans who were waiting for a primary care appointment but were not on the EWL. Until that happens, the reported wait time for these veterans has not started. Most importantly, these veterans were and continue to be at risk of being forgotten or lost in Phoenix HCS’s convoluted scheduling process. As a result, these veterans may never obtain a requested or required clinical appointment. A direct consequence of not appropriately placing veterans on EWLs is that the Phoenix HCS leadership significantly understated the time new patients waited for their primary care appointment in their FY 2013 performance appraisal accomplishments, which is one of the factors considered for awards and salary increases.” (“Review Of Patient Wait Times, Scheduling Practices, And Alleged Patient Deaths At The Phoenix Health Care System,” VA OIG Interim Report 14-02603-178, 5/28/14)

The VA IG Report Found That A Sample Of 226 Veterans, With Health Care Appointments, Waited On Average 115 Days For Their First Primary Care Appointment. “To review the new patient wait times for primary care in FY 2013, we reviewed a statistical sample of 226 Phoenix HCS appointments. VA national data, which was reported by Phoenix HCS, showed these 226 veterans waited on average 24 days for their first primary care appointment and only 43 percent waited more than 14 days. However, our review showed these 226 veterans waited on average 115 days for their first primary care appointment with approximately 84 percent waiting more than 14 days. At this time, we believe that most of the waiting time discrepancies occurred because of delays between the veteran’s requested appointment date and the date the appointment was created. However, we found that in at least 25 percent of the 226 appointments reviewed, evidence, in veterans’ medical records, indicates that these veterans received some level of care in the Phoenix HCS, such as treatment in the emergency room, walk in clinics, or mental health clinics.” (“Review Of Patient Wait Times, Scheduling Practices, And Alleged Patient Deaths At The Phoenix Health Care System,” VA OIG Interim Report 14-02603-178, 5/28/14)



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Statement shows Hatch advisor colluding with Government Overisight panel

(DES MOINES) —A top advisor to Jack Hatch’s campaign for governor today admitted to specific knowledge regarding the Senate Oversight Committee’s recent hearings, overtly disclosing the hearings are nothing more than political gamesmanship.

In an interview with Mike Glover, top Hatch aide John Hedgecoth said: “‘I think the investigation appears to be proceeding,”he said. “A number of witnesses have yet to be called.’” (emphasis added)

In response, Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann called on Senate Democrats to release all emails and correspondence, including phone records, with the Hatch-Vernon campaign.

“How does a political advisor to Jack Hatch know what the next steps are? This is the clearest evidence yet of collaboration between Senate Democrats and the Hatch for Governor campaign,”said Kaufmann. “Mr. Hedgecoth, with knowledge that a number of witnesses have yet to be called, clearly has inside information provided to the Hatch campaign that has been deliberately hidden from the taxpayers and general public.”

Kaufmann added all parties involved should come clean with exactly what information was shared between Senate Democrats and the Hatch campaign.

“I am calling on all emails, correspondence and phone records be released by Senate Democrats and the Hatch campaign,”continued Kaufmann. “What are they hiding? Why are they so desperate to keep their communication a secret? I think Mr. Hedgecoth today showed us why: they are coordinating with each other in creating this political carnival disguised as Oversight Committee hearings.”

Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen issues statement on new Republican Party leaders

(DES MOINES) – House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) issued the following statement on today’s Chair and Co-Chair elections for the Republican Party of Iowa.

“Newly-elected Chairman Jeff Kaufmann is a man of great integrity who has worked tirelessly for the people of Iowa.  I am confident that he is the best, conservative leader to move our state party forward and help us lay the groundwork for victory this fall.

“Co-Chairman Dr. Cody Hoefert has proven himself to be a strong voice for the grassroots and I look forward to working with him to continue to grow the Republican Party in Iowa.”


Republican Party of Iowa unanimously selects Jeff Kaufmann as new chairman, Dr. Cody Hoefert as co-chairman

(DES MOINES) — The Republican Party of Iowa held leadership elections today,unanimously selecting former state Rep. Jeff Kaufmann (R-Wilton) as the new chairman.

Kaufmann, 51, whose term begins immediately, stressed his willingness to unify the party and bring cooperation with him to the job as chairman.

“The Republican Party of Iowa will be a robust machine whose singular purpose between now and November is to elect every Republican on the ticket,” said Kaufmann, a 7th-generation livestock farmer and History and Government professor at Muscatine Community College. “I intend to work ferociously at raising money, organizing get-out-the-vote efforts and overhauling our digital and communications efforts in order to be a permanently competitive party moving forward.

Rock Rapids chiropractor Dr. Cody Hoefert was unanimously selected as the party’s new co-chair.

“I care deeply about the limited government, pro-jobs, pro-family values the party stands for and leads with,” said Hoefert, 36, who has been serving on the party’s state central committee. “I come from the county with one of the highest vote percentage turnout for Republicans, and I intend to take what I’ve learned with me, from Lyon County to Lee County and everywhere in between.”

State Central Committee members today also appointed Chad Olsen, 44, as the Republican Party of Iowa’s new executive director to oversee day-to-day operations. Olsen was the party’s victory coordinator in 2010, when Republicans returned to the governor’s office and regained the majority in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Kaufmann thanked outgoing chairman Danny Carroll on behalf of the committee for his service in the interim between the former and current committees.

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