Governor Terry Branstad is preventing state business from becoming public. Again. Will you help us stop him?
Here’s what happened:
Progress Iowa filed an open records request to determine whether the Branstad administration was involved in a business deal where Iowans lost millions of dollars. Randy Danniel, the businessman behind the deal, has been accused by investors of embezzling the money. Danniel had been in communication about the deal with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), and possibly the Governor’s office.
Iowa’s open records law requires that state agencies respond to requests like ours by a certain deadline. But someone in the Branstad administration tipped off Randy Danniel… just before we were supposed to receive the records. Now Danniel has filed a lawsuit to prevent our request from being completed.
Preventing information from being made public seems to be standard practice for the Branstad administration, as this is “the second time in less than a month that the state has alerted a developer about a records request and the alert has halted the flow of information to the public,” according to the Des Moines Register.
We filed our request because we believe the public has a right to know the business of the Governor and his administration. We’re exploring every option at our disposal to make sure Terry Branstad and his administration cannot halt the flow of information to the public any longer, and we need your help to hold him accountable.
Will you donate today to help us make sure Iowans discover the truth?
Thanks for all you do,
This is terribly disturbing. This needs to be thoroughly investigated as does the “hush money” scandal that Branstad has embroiled the state in. It is beginning to look like if re-elected the Branstad administration will be spending our time and dollars defending their questionable practices.
Let us hope one of Iowa’s major newspapers follows up on this story. Or help Progress Iowa follow up by clicking on the link above and donating.