(Cedar Rapids, IA) Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate called attention to the dramatic disparity between where he and his opponent get their financial support.
“Mr. Anderson’s campaign is bought and paid for by liberal out of state interests who oppose a voter ID requirement. Of his contributors, 66% of them do not reside in the state of Iowa where voters overwhelmingly support a common sense voter ID requirement as I do,” Pate said.
In the latest financial disclosure period, the Anderson for Iowa committee reported 3,942 contributors with 2,587 of them having out of state addresses. Not included in that total is the $400,000 in negative attack ads on television paid for by the Democrat PAC iVote which is based in Washington, DC.
Pate, “The integrity of Iowa’s elections process should not be put at risk by out of state special interests. Over 95% of my campaign’s financial contributors are from Iowa voters and not from outside interests who want to control Iowa’s elections for partisan political reasons.”
A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006. While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities. Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.
Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident who was born in Ottumwa and grew up in Linn County.