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April 10th, 2014

Schultz Will Return More than $200,000 to General Fund

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Written by: Kevin Hall
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Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz plans to return more than $200,000 to the Iowa general fund in July. Schultz says the savings came through his efforts to reduce staff, consolidate management positions and find efficiencies in his office.

This money is not part of the federal funds used for the DCI investigation into voter fraud. Democrats have complained that money, coming from the Help America Vote Act, should not be spent on investigating voter fraud. The investigation has resulted in more than 80 cases being sent to county prosecutors, with more pending.

Here is the press release from Secretary Schultz’s office:

Des Moines – Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced today that the Iowa Secretary of State’s office is expected to return more than $200,000 to the general fund in July of 2014. This announcement is part of Secretary Schultz’s ongoing effort to reduce costs and increase services.

“I’m pleased to announce these savings. Through finding efficiencies in technology, reducing staff, and consolidating management positions, our office has been able to do more with less and will return more than $200,000 at the end of this fiscal year.”

Since taking office, Schultz has worked to bring efficiencies to the Iowa Secretary of State’s office and cut red tape so Iowa businesses can continue to grow. Businesses are now able to file most of their forms online with the state of Iowa. Also under Schultz’s leadership, the Secretary of State’s website now offers a free searchable mechanic’s lien registry to protect residential homeowners, subcontractors and banks.

Schultz has worked to do more with less. While taking on new programs to ensure election integrity, promote voting, and streamline business services, Schultz’s office has spent significantly less than his predecessor since taking office.

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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