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April 21st, 2010

IPP Calls for Culver’s Campaign Manager to Resign

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Des Moines, Iowa – Last week Governor Culver announced his third campaign manager in five months, Donn Stanley. In announcing Stanley as his new campaign manager Culver stated that he was “delighted that Donn is taking a leave of absence from his work at the Iowa Attorney General’s office to take over the campaign.”
It is ironic Culver announces a new campaign manager taking a “leave of absence” from the Iowa Attorney General’s office a week before it was made public the Governor and Lt Governor are under criminal investigation.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Attorney General’s office are investigating allegedly improper campaign contributions to Governor Chet Culver’s campaign by individuals associated with the proposed Fort Dodge casino.

Today’s asks if the hiring of Donn Stanley from the Attorney Generals’ office was a strategic move by Culver to help him navigate through this very serious investigation. Either way, Stanley has a clear conflict of interest and should resign immediately.

IPP spokesperson Amanda Weiland stated, “The people of Iowa deserve better from their elected officials. An employee of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office serving as campaign manager of Culver’s campaign that is under investigation by the same Attorney General’s Office is deeply disturbing. Governor Culver’s campaign manager, Donn Stanley should resign immediately.”

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