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July 14th, 2010

Conlin Flies Out of Country to Grab Special Interest Cash

DES MOINES – U.S. Senate candidate Roxanne Conlin, who has told Iowans she won’t take contributions from special interests, was among a handful of Democratic candidates who took a junket out of the country over the weekend to collect special-interest money, according to a report by Politico.

Conlin is one of a handful of Democrats who benefited from an event in Canada hosted by the Committee for a Better Future, also known as the political action committee for the world’s largest trial bar.

“Roxanne Conlin says one thing and does another. She’s promised to ‘stand up to special interests’ but in reality she jumped on a plane and flew out of the country in pursuit of special-interest money,” said Eric Woolson, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s re-election campaign. “She says she’s committed to ‘seeking real change Iowans need’, but Iowans don’t need someone who says one thing and does another.”

Politico reported today that most of the Democrats involved in the junket refused to respond to inquiries.

“It’s no surprise that Roxanne Conlin is going to rely heavily on trial lawyers around the country to finance her campaign. And, it’s no surprise that their goal is to prevent reform of our medical and product liability laws,” Woolson said. “But, it has to be unprecedented that an Iowa candidate would fly out of the country to raise money from a special-interest group. That’s not only surprising to Iowans, it’s very troubling.”

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