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image From Senator Chuck Grassley’s Campaign:

DES MOINES – U.S. Senate candidate Roxanne Conlin, who has told Iowans she won’t take contributions from special interests, was among a handful of Democratic candidates who took a junket out of the country over the weekend to collect special-interest money, according to a report by Politico.

Conlin is one of a handful of Democrats who benefited from an event in Canada hosted by the Committee for a Better Future, also known as the political action committee for the world’s largest trial bar.

“Roxanne Conlin says one thing and does another. She’s promised to ‘stand up to special interests’ but in reality she jumped on a plane and flew out of the country in pursuit of special-interest money,” said Eric Woolson, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s re-election campaign. “She says she’s committed to ‘seeking real change Iowans need’, but Iowans don’t need someone who says one thing and does another.”

Politico reported today that most of the Democrats involved in the junket refused to respond to inquiries.

“It’s no surprise that Roxanne Conlin is going to rely heavily on trial lawyers around the country to finance her campaign. And, it’s no surprise that their goal is to prevent reform of our medical and product liability laws,” Woolson said. “But, it has to be unprecedented that an Iowa candidate would fly out of the country to raise money from a special-interest group. That’s not only surprising to Iowans, it’s very troubling.”

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  1. Roxanne Conlin isn’t known for her transparency. She proved that many, many years ago when she did a very foolish thing…and was able to ward off public knowledge. Because she’s rich? Probably. So why be surprised when she raises money outside the country? I get a lot of requests for candidates in other states, and my feeling is that it is the other state’s responsibility to finance their own candidaes. Wish someone with legislative power would create a bill that would disallow money from outside the state for State elections. That would surely make running for office much less expensive.

    Why would anyone want to vote for a candidate for any office who would fly out of their country to raise funds for an elected office representing Iowans. As a taxpayer, I don’t need a senator, a representative, or a dog catcher who has to raise funds out of the country to run a local election.

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