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July 22nd, 2010

Miller’s Out of State Fundraising Shows He’s Out of Touch

Brenna Findley, Republican candidate for Iowa Attorney General, today criticized Tom Miller’s heavy reliance on out-of-state and special interest money to fund his campaign.

In documents available at the Iowa Campaign Ethics and Disclosure Board, Miller disclosed that in the most recent fundraising period, his campaign raised $122,335, of which $83,595came from out of state sources. His single largest contributor was the Democratic Attorney Generals Association with a $25,000 contribution. He also raised over $36,100 from Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia donors.

Findley stated, “Tom Miller is out of touch, and it shows. With over two-thirds of his campaign contributions coming from outside of Iowa, we should start to question who he represents…the people of Iowa or the special interests of New York and Washington.”

“Tom Miller was first elected in 1978, and he’s grown out of touch with the struggles of average Iowans. His campaign documents show he’d rather pal around with the special interest in Washington, DC and New York than work for Iowa taxpayers,” Findley added.

Findley noted the similarities between Governor Culver’s campaign and Miller’s. “Powerful special interests in Washington are trying to control the Governor’s race, and they will do almost anything to re-elect Chet Culver. Now they’ve set their sights on propping up Attorney General Miller as well, and Iowans should be wary of these large donations.”

She added, “Attorney General Miller would be well advised to spend more time in Washington, Iowa, or Brooklyn, Iowa than in Washington, DC and the New York City. Iowans see right through large special interests trying to buy elections.”

In contrast, Findley raised $72,638 during the last period, with over 97% coming from Iowa donors. “I’m encouraged by the great support I’m getting…from Iowans…as I travel our state. Iowans are looking for new leadership in the Attorney General’s office, and they know with me they’ll get it,” she noted.

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