August 26th, 2009

Out-of State Interests Impacting Politics & Marriage in Iowa

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By Emily Geiger

clayworthcoveredI was fascinated to read the riveting blog post authored by the Register’s most unbiased reporter on the topic of gay marriage, Jason Clayworth.

It seems Jason is upset that an out-of state issue advocacy group is putting some serious money into the House District 90 special election in an effort to promote the Republican candidate who opposes gay marriage.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a group famous for putting millions of dollars into the campaign to overturn gay marriage by public referendum in California, has, according to Clayworth (so who knows if he’s actually done his research… particularly given than there haven’t been any disclosures lately), spent over $86,000 helping Stephen Burgmeier with his election efforts.

It should be noted that $86,000 would be a huge amount of money for a congressional candidate to spend on both radio and TV in the days before an election. Burgmeier is a lowly statehouse candidate who certainly doesn’t live in a high priced media market. Therefore, I highly doubt that this $86,000 figure is even accurate. Too bad our friend Jason didn’t dig a little deeper into the accuracy of this claim.

Clayworth follows up this information with some inflammatory quotes from Carolyn Jenison, the executive director of One Iowa, the radical pro-gay group.

“The Mormon Church and NOM have invested millions of dollars to spread lies and fear in California and now they have their sights set on rural Iowa,” Jenison said. “This raises the question: Has Burgmeier been bought and paid for by out of state religious extremists? If not, he should reject this divisive ad.”

She continued:

“NOM has a history of funneling money from the Mormon Church into anti-gay measures, while refusing to disclose the source of their funds. NOM should release the list of those contributing to the ads airing in Iowa.”

Sen. Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, was also quoted in One Iowa’s press release:

“This is about out-of-state extremists attempting to buy an Iowa election, plain and simple,” Jochum said.

Hello pot, meet kettle. If it’s so awful for out-of-state extremists to try to buy elections, I expect all Democrats to refuse any and all money from Tim Gill, the millionaire pro-gay extremist who, along with his out-of-state friends, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Iowa Democrats in an effort to stack the legislature with friendly faces who would be unwilling to mount any challenge when (and I do mean to say “when” because there was no question that it would happen) the Iowa Supreme Court gave its blessing to gay marriage in Iowa.

And I hope all you Romney supporters are outraged by the anti-Mormon bias being exhibited by One Iowa and Pam Jochum.

And I have to wonder why there are no quotes in Jason’s story from the pro-traditional marriage crowd. Of course, Jason says he tried to contact NOM (who he says did not “immediately return” his calls), but did he bother to try to talk to, say, the Iowa Family Policy Center?

I’m guessing not.

Jason wouldn’t want to give the appearance of objectivity. I’m sure his friends would never forgive him.

About the Author

Battleground Iowa
Emily Geiger writes from a conservative perspective on everything from politics to religion to pop culture. Like the original Emily of Revolutionary War era, this Emily is delivering important messages crucial to winning the raging war of the time, but today, this is a culture war rather than a traditional one. And, like the original Emily, sometimes it takes a woman to do (or say) that which lesser men lack the courage and tenacity to do.

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