Iowa voters have kicked NOM’s carpetbagging butt. According to unofficial results, Democrat Curt Hanson has beat NOM-backed Republican Stephen Burgmeier 3,932 to 3,825.
As you will recall, NOM barged into Iowa and dumped $86,000 on the local anti-equality candidate in this special election to fill a state legislative seat. The contest is seen as a test of whether marriage equality can be used as an electoral wedge issue in the state.
Just a few days after the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board sent NOM a sharply-worded worning, One Iowa and the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa filed a formal complaint against NOM with the Ethics Board.
“NOM’s last minute, and desperate campaign directly violates Iowa law and is right out of their deceitful playbook,” said Carolyn Jenison, Executive Director of One Iowa. “NOM has a history of funneling secret money to fund divisive political campaigns across the country with little regard for laws allowing voters to know who is bankrolling those campaigns.”
Sound familiar, Mainers, Californians?
“We reject the use of divisive fear-based appeals to influence Iowa elections and believe transparency is vital to a healthy democratic process,” said Connie Ryan Terrell, Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund.
It looks like the majority of Iowans in the 90th legislative district also reject NOM’s divisive fear-mongering carpetbaggery. Take home message for NOM: Iowa ain’t for sale.P.S. I couldn’t resist adding in this description of the legislative district. Sounds like an intriguing place!
The district is made up of an eclectic mix of historic riverfront towns that have retained much of their 1880s look, Amish settlements, century farms that have remained in the same families for generations, and one larger town that couldn’t be more different from the rest of the district: Fairfield, the Jefferson County seat, has about 1,500 votes at stake. About one-third of the population there practices Transcendental Meditation, a relaxation technique popularized by Maharishi Mehesh Yogi, founder of the local Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.).