Website Exposes GOP Smear Tactics in Iowa
For Immediate Release
October 5, 2006
Iowa Democratic Party Launches www.stopGOPsmear.com
DES MOINES - Today, the Iowa Democratic Party unveiled a new website, www.stopGOPsmear.com , to expose the Republican Party's misleading and vile smear tactics in Iowa. Republican campaign tactics have hit a new low in the last couple weeks. The tactics are so disgusting that a Republican candidate abandoned the Republican Party to become an Independent.
"527s and shady third-party groups have come in and are trying to hijack Iowa's elections this cycle. This website will serve as a database of the disgusting and misleading smear tactics the Republicans are using this election cycle," said Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Mike Milligan.
The website will keep updated information on smear tactics used by outside groups in Iowa. It will also provide Iowans a place to report any sign of attacks from outside groups on their television and radio and in their mailbox.
"Republicans have failed to pass tax cuts for middle class families, raise the minimum wage, and expand renewable energy. Now, the Republican leadership in Washington is dealing with their failure to take action on Mark Foley," said Milligan. "Republicans feel they must smear and degrade Democrats to cover up for their own record of failure, but we won't let them distract the voters of Iowa."
Just a few examples of Republican smear tactics in Iowa featured on the website:
*The Economic Freedom Fund, funded by the same person who funded last cycle's Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, are now sending out mail across the state to help Congressman Jim Nussle. The group is also running attack ads, negative ads and push polls against Leonard Boswell. The Swift Boaters spent millions of dollars in 2004 to tarnish John Kerry's military record.
*A separate third-party group called the Iowa First Foundation is currently running misleading ads falsely accusing Culver of not protecting property rights. Culver supported the veto override of the eminent domain bill. The ad is false, and the organization does not disclose its donors. The founder of the group is former gubernatorial candidate Doug Gross, and the President of the group is Rich Schwarm, who David Yepsen said is "one of the few people Karl Rove has on speed dial."
*The National Republican Congressional Committee is running an outrageous ad trying to tie 1st District Congressional Bruce Braley to the Communist Party. The facts are a casualty of this ad more than any other we've ever seen. The NRCC stretches so much in this ad to try and invent something against Bruce that it just isn't creditable-it's laughable.
*A Republican Party of Iowa mailing suggests Rep. Kurt Swaim of Bloomfield gave a sex offender a "sweet deal" while serving as a Public Defender. As the court appointed attorney, Swaim doesn't get to choose his clients nor does he get to decide jail sentences or parole terms. In a public apology, Kevin Wiskus abandoned the Republican Party because of the "vile" and unauthorized attack.
*A mailing sent from the Republican State Leadership Committee in Washington, DC against Rep. Dawn Pettengill of Mt. Auburn and Rep. Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls is completely false. The piece accuses Pettengill and Kressig of taking a vote in 2004 before they were even elected to the Legislature. Further, the piece claims they voted 'no' on a bill they voted 'yes' on in 2006.