Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has received large campaign loans from two members of his state office staff totaling $95,000, documents filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board today show.
Miller received a $75,000 loan from Jeff Thomson on October 21st. He received a $20,000 loan from Tam Ormiston on October 25th. Thompson and Ormiston both serve as Deputy Attorneys General under Miller.
The loans raise the question of Miller’s ability to run his state office effectively. How can Attorney General Miller effectively operate his office when his campaign owes two government officials who work for him nearly $100,000?
In his debate with his Republican opponent earlier this month, Miller criticized Brenna Findley for working in Congressman King’s office. Miller alluded that a congressional office is too politicized, and that Findley would bring politics to the Attorney General office.
Miller borrowing money from state employees under his supervision for his troubled re-election campaign not only injects politics into the office, but it raises the spectre of a heavy-handed Attorney General who may be forcing state workers to loan money to his campaign if they want to keep their jobs.
Calls to Thompson and Ormiston by TheIowaRepublican.com were not returned at time of publication.
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