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Branstad Raised Nearly $800k from Political Appointees

Branstad Raised Nearly $800k from Political Appointees

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Progress Iowa and the Iowa Accountability Project released a new report showing Governor Terry Branstad has received $791,277.78 in campaign contributions from 215 of his political appointees. The report is a comprehensive review of more than 1,300 appointments Governor Branstad has made since taking office. The report found that nearly 1 out of every 6 appointees had donated to Governor Branstad's campaign.
Progress Iowa and the Iowa Accountability Project released a new report showing Governor Terry Branstad has received $791,277.78 in campaign contributions from 215 of his political appointees. The report is a comprehensive review of more than 1,300 appointments Governor Branstad has made since taking office. The report found that nearly 1 out of every 6 appointees had donated to Governor Branstad's campaign.

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Published by: ProgressIowa on May 21, 2014
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To: Interested Parties From: Progress Iowa’s Iowa Accountability Project Re: Governor Branstad Appointee Donations This report details research compiled by Progress Iowa’s Iowa Accountability Project examining appointments made by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad since becoming Governor in 2010. We found that Governor Branstad’s campaign raised $791,277.78 from 215 individuals that the Governor has appointed to positions in state government. Nearly 1 out of 6 of Governor Branstad’s appointees were discovered to be campaign donors.
Methodology
We compiled the list of appointees made by Governor Branstad by reviewing press releases available on
http://governor.iowa.gov
. We then took this list of appointees and compared it to the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board’s database of campaign donations:
http://www.iowa.gov/ethics/viewreports/ 
.
Findings
 
 Major Donors Received Top Appointments
Governor Brandstad’s largest individual donor, Bruce Rastetter, received an appointment to the Iowa Board of Regents. His brother Brent, another major donor, was appointed to the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission. Together they have donated more than $250,000 to Governor Branstad’s election campaign. Governor Branstad’s second largest donor, Mary Andringa, who has donated more than $90,000, was appointed to the Science Technology Engineering and Math Advisory Council. Pete Brownell, who has donated nearly $40,000 was given an appointment to the state Economic Development Authority Board. Conrad Clement donated $34,130.00 and received an appointment to the Natural Resource Commission. Diane Crookham-Johnson donated $32,500 and was appointed to the State Board of Education.
 Donors Make Up Significant Percentage of Appointees
We tracked roughly 1300 appointments made by the Governor. Of those appointments, we found that nearly 1 out of 6 (16%) had donated to the Governor’s campaign.
Further Study
We limited the scope of our research to donations directly to Governor Branstad’s campaign. Additional research could examine appointee donations to other candidates, the Republican Party or conservative causes that have influence with Governor Branstad. This would paint an even more complete picture of the way campaign money influences the Governor’s decision-making on the appointment process.
 
List of Donors
Name Position Donation Total
Bruce Rastetter Iowa Board of Regents $224,242.72 Mary Andringa STEM Advisory Council $92,215.00 Brent Rastetter Environmental Protection Commission $41,000.00 Pete Brownell Economic Development Authority Board $39,740.10 Conrad Clement Natural Resource Commission $34,130.00 Diane Crookham-Johnson State Board of Education $32,500.00 Hamed Tewfik Board of Medicine $26,500.00 Arnold Honkamp Council on Human Services; Flood Mitigation Board $16,500.00 Robert Sinclair Environmental Protection Commission $14,400.00 Jeff Lamberti Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission $13,125.00 Mary Rathje Consumer Advisory Panel $13,000.00 Charese Yanney Transportation Commission; Vision Iowa Board $12,250.00 Ying Sa Accountancy Examining Board; Lottery Authority Board of Directors $11,615.00 Vicki Sukup Iowa Arts Council $11,250.00 Jeff Elgin State Board of Tax Review $8,565.00 Thomas Waterman Iowa Supreme Court $7,954.00 Helen Sinclair State Judicial Nominating Commission $7,500.00 Stephen Richards Medical Assisstance Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee $6,825.00 Jan Pepper Simpson Credit Union Review Board $6,480.00 Douglas Johnson Dependent Adult Protective Advisory Council $6,000.00 David Chensvold Board of Nursing Home Administrators $5,750.00 Mary Ellen Kimball Iowa Cultural Trust Board of Trustees $5,498.00  Nancy Turner Board of Corrections $5,176.00 Subhash Sahai Iowa Board of Regents $5,000.00 Tom Conley Iowa State Civil Rights Commission $4,825.00
 
Jim Kersten Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission $4,800.00 Larry Den Herder Economic Development Authority Board $4,550.00 Robert Camblin Judicial Nominating Commission District 4 $4,300.00 Helen Kimes Real Estate Commission $4,155.00 Allan Thoms Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission $3,915.00 Akshay Mahadevia Board of Respiratory Care $3,853.06 Jerry Mathiasen Terrace Hill Commission $3,850.00 Maggie Tinsman Board of Health; Prevention of Disabilities Policy Council $3,512.63 Catherine Huggins Landscape Architectural Examining Board $3,050.00 Christopher Atchison Prevention of Disabilities Policy Council $2,895.00 Dan Wiedemeier Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission $2,690.00 Christina Taylor Board of Athletic Training $2,500.34 Chuck Larson Board of Corrections $2,350.00 Gordon Neumann Iowa Capital Investment Board $2,350.00 Linda Crookham-Hansen Economic Development Authority $2,250.00 Mary Boote Environmental Protection Commission $2,140.00 Robert Cramer Iowa Board of Regents $2,140.00 Judy Davidson Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board; Judicial Nominating Commission District 7 $2,100.00 David Greenspon Iowa Finance Authority $2,065.00 Mark Zieman Judicial Nominating Commission District 1A $2,000.00 Larry Winum Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission $1,815.00 Elizabeth Garrels Judicial Nominating Commission District 8B $1,791.32 Gary Nystrom Board of Physician Assistants $1,730.00 James Schipper Superintendent Iowa Banking Divisiion $1,715.00 Deborah Stanton STEM Advisory Council Southeast Regional $1,640.00

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