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Monday, October 12, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Draft Branstad PAC "ignores Iowa election law"

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

When Republican power-brokers formed the Draft Branstad PAC last month, I assumed that the entity was a political action committee, as implied by the name "PAC." However, the Draft Branstad PAC registered with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board as a 527 committee. The distinction is important, because unlike PACs, 527 groups do not have to disclose their donors and are not allowed to advocate for candidates. Today the Iowa Democratic Party caught the folks in charge of the Draft Branstad effort running their 527 group like a PAC. ... The leaders of the Draft Branstad PAC should know better than to make this kind of mistake, and Iowans should know better than to elect Terry Branstad again.

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