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May 1st, 2014

The Height of Hypocrisy: Braley’s Texas Two-Step with Trial Lawyers and the IRS

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Written by: Kevin Hall
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Bruce Braley’s U.S. Senate campaign is seemingly obsessed with “special interest” money. At a pace of every 2.4 days, the Braley campaign blasts out an email that rails against the Koch brothers. They are the 2014 version of the perennial conservative boogeymen Democrats use to scare voters.

The line in the email about the Koch brothers is usually followed by a whine about special interest money being used against Braley, and finalized with a plea to send money to help him.

What Bruce Braley never admits in this endless stream of complaints about special interest money is that he receives millions of dollars from special interest groups, especially trial lawyers and law firms.

Since the liberal Iowa congressman launched his U.S. Senate campaign, lawyers and law firms have donated more than $1.1 million to Bruce Braley. That includes $192,000 in the first quarter of 2014.

Of that $192,000, more than $60,000 came from his trial lawyer pals in Texas. Of course, Texas was the site of Braley’s infamous pitch to the trial lawyers group when he disparaged Iowa farmers, Senator Chuck Grassley, and told the attorneys he would be their voice on the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“To put this in stark contrast, if you help me win this race you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice, someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for thirty years, in a visible or public way, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Or, you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Because, if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

For Bruce Braley to constantly whine about special interests while receiving millions from special interests is the height of hypocrisy. However, even Braley’s two-faced front regarding special interest money cannot measure up to his hypocrisy in the IRS scandal.

braley flip flopAs first reported by, Bruce Braley was one of 30 Democrat congressmen to sign a letter to the IRS in 2012, asking them to investigate political activity by social welfare organizations.

The IRS complied with the Democrats’ request. 14 months later, IRS officials admitted to targeting Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations in the lead-up to the 2012 elections.

Bruce Braley, in typical two-faced fashion, feigned outrage and called the targeting of conservative groups “shameful”. However, the former president of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association failed to disclose the letter he and his Democrat colleagues wrote to the IRS the previous year, asking for the investigations. Surely an experienced trial lawyer like Bruce Braley knows the importance of disclosure, especially from a public official.

Braley’s true self will out, again, later this year when outside, special interest groups run attack ads against Braley’s Republican opponent. When Bruce Braley refuses to denounce those ads, his exposure as the ultimate hypocrite will be complete.

In fact, if Braley is so adamant about special interest money being used in elections, he should issue a statement now asking that no outside groups be critical of his eventual Republican opponent. After all, it’s all about ending the influence of special interest groups. Right, Bruce?

About the Author

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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