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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Center for Competitive Politics: Party censors in Iowa

Excerpted from this post at Center for Competitive Politics

Top officials at Iowa's Democratic and Republican parties are
responding to two instances of political speech in remarkably similar
ways -- threatening litigation, government investigations and other
intimidation tactics. The first case involves a flyer critical of
former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, a rumored potential candidate
for governor in 2010. Jeff Boeyink, the Republican Party of Iowa's
executive director, told state media he plans to ask the Iowa Ethics
and Campaign Disclosure Board to investigate the organization
supposedly behind the flyer. Iowa has relatively strict independent
expenditure filing guidelines, requiring groups to submit to
government regulation -- which usually requires retaining a lawyer --
if they spend over $100 on a direct mailing, brochure or ad.

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