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October 29th, 2010

BREAKING: Attorney General Miller Receives Questionable Loans from Deputy AGs Totaling $95,000

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 were not returned at time of publication.

Click here to see the loan disclosures.

Photo by Dave Davidson will have more information on this scandal as information becomes available.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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