Branstad Facts
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Welcome to the Branstad Files

The Culver/Judge campaign has done research in the state's archives, sorting through some of the documents from the Government offices of then-Governor Branstad and many of his closest associates, including Doug Gross and Jerry Mathiasen.

And we've made them public for everyone to see.

Click here to read our press-release about the files.

Click here to read the campaign memo about the files.

The documents presented are just a sample of the information uncovered by our campaign. In total, the documents we have released consist of over 400 pages of material that clearly shows a systemic pattern of abuse of power by Terry Branstad and his closest associates. The files have been separated by person so far, take a look.

- Read the Terry Branstad Files

- Read the Doug Gross files

- Read the Mathiasen Files

Thank you for taking the time and learn more about Terry Branstad's record, because we know better than believe his claims.

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Branstad Abused the Power of the Governor's Office; Used Office to Further Personal Political Ambitions

Governor Branstad's own campaign has put the issue of his honesty and trustworthiness on the table. A search of the records kept by Branstad and his staff in the Governor's Office shows an abuse of power, putting personal political ambitions before the people of Iowa.

Governor Branstad's own campaign has put the issue of his honesty and trustworthiness on the table. A search of the records kept by Branstad and his staff in the Governor's Office shows an abuse of power, putting personal political ambitions before the people of Iowa.

In his most recent TV ad, entitled 'Rally,' Branstad's voice declares, "For those Iowans who want honest, open and scandal-free government - change is coming!"

"It's a clear abuse of power. It's systemic, with employees throughout the Governor's Office, including then-Governor Branstad, personally participating in these activities with complete disregard for the simple fact that they were playing politics on Iowa taxpayers' dime," said Culver/Judge Campaign Manager Donn Stanley.

The documents illustrate how Branstad and members of his Administration participated in campaign fundraising, opposition research and candidate recruitment from the Governor's office.

Doug Gross, Branstad's Chief of Staff, was playing a key role in running the Republican Party of Iowa as well as Branstad's re-election campaign from his office at the Iowa State Capitol. Another member of Branstad's staff, Jerry Mathiasen, was helping run a Congressional campaign from the Capitol and coordinating the Republican Party's legislative campaigns. In addition, Branstad's State-Federal Relations Director, was spending his day working on selling fundraising dinner tables for the Republican Governors Association.

"This is part of clear pattern of dishonesty and scandal," said Stanley. "Already during this campaign, Branstad has admitted that, for the majority of his tenure as Governor, the books were never balanced but what's worse is that by keeping two sets of books, he hid the truth about the state budget from Iowans. While today's information is new to Iowans, we already knew that, as Governor, he used the state plane for political purposes and held campaign fundraisers shortly after awarding donors multi-million dollar state contracts."

The Culver/Judge Campaign has compiled more than 400 pages of evidence chronicling the abuses of power by Branstad and his staff. All documents are available at BranstadFacts.com for print or download to the press and the public.

"This campaign is about which candidate is being honest with Iowans and whose side each candidate is on. We are happy to provide the facts and let Iowans make a judgment for themselves."

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Memo: Terry Branstad’s Record of Abusing Power

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Culver/Judge Campaign Manager Donn Stanley
RE: Terry Branstad’s Record of Abusing Power

Governor Branstad’s own campaign has put the issue of his honesty and trustworthiness on the table in this campaign. In his most recent TV ad, entitled ‘Rally,’ Branstad's voice declares, “For those Iowans who want honest, open and scandal-free government – change is coming!”

This is obviously another attempt to besmirch Governor Culver, whose leadership has seen Iowa through the worst recession since the Great Depression to the path of recovery. For the first time, Iowa has earned a triple-A bond rating from all three major agencies. The budget has been balanced every single day since Chet Culver became Governor. And, each time an issue has arisen in the Governor’s Office, he has taken decisive action.

Branstad's focus on “honesty” and “scandal-free” government begs the question, was Iowa under Terry Branstad scandal-free, open and honest? Would Terry Branstad put the people of Iowa before his own ambitions?

His own record indicates Terry Branstad would not.

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Branstad Swings, Knocks Himself Out

Branstad attacked Governor Culver and called on him to fire the director of the Iowa Department on Aging (IDA) even when in 1995, then-Governor Branstad dealt with a similar situation regarding the samefederal regulation and chose not to fire his department director.

"Branstad's statement on the IDA ombudsman is inaccurate and his suggestion that the Governor's Office fire the IDA Director is hypocritical. Branstad hopes people have forgotten his record and that reporters won't bother to fact check his statements.  Be assured our campaign will continue to help keep him honest," said Culver/ Judge Campaign Manager Donn Stanley.

In 1995, the Register reported on the muzzling of the State's Long-Term Care Ombudsman after he wrote reports critical of the Branstad Administration's oversight of nursing homes.  This after Branstad had received a number of campaign contributions from nursing home operators.

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Statement on Branstad Open Records Comments

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Michael Kiernan released the statement below following Terry Branstad's comments regarding open records and transparency in state government to the Des Moines Register editorial board this morning.

"Branstad should be familiar with self-dealing cronies after his own Chief of Staff Doug Gross made millions lobbying the state government. Or maybe Branstad’s memory isn’t serving him well anymore; he 'forgot' about ever discussing the Clarinda prison project with Gross.

"Branstad’s administration was one of the most cozy, back-scratching operations in the history of state government. His appointees mirrored his donor list.

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Iowans for Tax Relief Host a Costume Party

There's a tax-week masquerade ball going on in Des Moines this afternoon as Ed Failor Jr.'s Iowans for Tax Relief puts on a big to-do for Terry Branstad, and each pretends to be something he is not.

Iowans for Tax Relief used to be one of Terry Branstad's biggest critics, though they have become strangely silent in this year’s Republican primary. Meanwhile, Terry Branstad - who raised taxes on hard-working Iowans as Governor – pretends to be a fiscal conservative.

"Iowans who want real tax relief should not vote for Terry Branstad," said Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Michael Kiernan. "And, don’t expect Iowans for Tax Relief to stand up for hard-working Iowans either."

In fact, in 1993 when Branstad raised the sales tax, Ed Failor Sr., then- lobbyist for Iowans for Tax Relief and current board member, criticized then-Governor Branstad for breaking his promise not to raise taxes.

Failor Sr. said, "The governor has gone back on his word."[1] He even speculated, "I think anybody who's a part of this agreement will be hurt politically."

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Where in the world was Taxin’ Terry today?

Terry Branstad was the only Republican gubernatorial candidate who did not attend a tea party today. Perhaps it’s because his record of raising taxes on hard-working Iowans won’t play well with such a crowd.

Where in the world was Taxin' Terry today? Why didn't he go to a Tea Party? Did he not go because he is ashamed of his tax record? Perhaps it’s because he can’t take criticism about his record.

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