Progress Iowa Calls On Rep. Rob Taylor To Recuse Himself From AFP Ethics Complaint
Taylor Co-Hosted Event With Koch-Backed Americans for Prosperity Iowa This Week
DES MOINES – Progress Iowa today called on Representative Rob Taylor to recuse himself from any involvement in the ongoing complaint against the state director of Americans for Prosperity Iowa (AFP). The formal complaint against AFP was filed several weeks ago by the Iowa Federation of Labor, alleging that their state director failed to properly to register as a lobbyist until over a month into the legislative session. The AFP state director was very clearly lobbying legislators on behalf of the Koch Brothers-funded AFP, most notably on the collective bargaining bill, even attending the closed-door bill signing and posing for a photo with Governor Terry Branstad.
Representative Rob Taylor will oversee the complaint as the chair of the House Ethics Committee. Earlier this week, Taylor co-hosted a breakfast and policy discussion event with AFP.
“Rob Taylor cannot possibly be trusted to give fair and impartial consideration to this ethics complaint against Americans for Prosperity,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “Taylor cannot co-host an event with AFP one day and then deliberate on AFP’s ethics complaint the next. He should recuse himself from any involvement, and if he refuses to do so, Speaker Upmeyer should remove him from the ethics committee. Time and again this legislative session, we have seen outside special interest groups with big money influencing legislation. The Koch Brothers and others shouldn’t be allowed to unduly influence the ethics process in the Iowa House.”
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The collusion between Republicans in the Iowa legislature and Koch brother organizations ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and Americans For Prosperity (AFP) leaves little to the imagination as to just who Iowa’s Republican legislators are working for.
From the union busting bill to the shoot your neighbor bill (Stand Your Ground as it is euphemistically known) to voter suppression bills Iowa Republicans have served up one ALEC inspired bill after another. None of these are needed in Iowa but are needed for the national march of Republican laws that work to put state and national governments in Republican hands for the foreseeable future.
Just to show the closeness of this relationship, American For Prosperity leader in Iowa Drew Klein was conspicuously on hand as Terry Branstad, a founding member of ALEC, signed the union busting bill. This triggered an ethics complaint.
However, the chances of an impartial hearing on this issue really go out the window when the chair of the committee to hear the complaint is also an officer in the sister organization of AFP or ALEC. That is what is called a rigged game and is odious to Iowans of all stripes!