Former Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate, State Representative Tyler Olson, was a no-show in Des Moines yesterday. Apparently it is not necessary for certain special elected officials to attend the first day of the legislative session.
— Jason Noble (@jasonnobleDMR) January 13, 2014
Perhaps Olson is embarrassed to show his face at the State Capitol considering how his campaign for governor ended. Or perhaps he doesn’t want to run in to Danny Homan of AFSCME, the state’s largest labor union. On October 31st, AFSCME contributed $100,000 to Olson’s gubernatorial campaign. On December 2nd, Olson announced in a press release that he was getting a divorce. Two weeks later, Olson ended his gubernatorial campaign.
AFSME’s financial disclosure shows that Olson didn’t return the substantial contribution before the end of the year. Olson’s campaign disclosure is not currently available to see whether he even has the money to refund AFSCME’s contribution. The union reported only having $19,000 cash-on-hand at the end of the year.
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