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October 2010

72 Hours

Dear Johnson County,

We are heading into the final 72 hours before Election Day and I want to give you a quick update from the campaign trail.

Our campaign office is packed with volunteers who are graciously donating their time to turn out voters on Election Day. I just got out of a meeting with members of my staff and they informed me we are still a number of crucial votes away from making history in Johnson County.

Like you, I'm looking forward to celebrating a big fiscal conservative victory on Tuesday, but I need your help. The liberal Democrats in Johnson County have taken this election for granted and will continue to spend your money like drunken sailors if re-elected. That's why I urgently need your support. Through your vote support, we will be able to fight back against their agenda.

But I expect in the final days of this campaign they will re-double their efforts to defeat me and turn out their own voters. This could be a close election and that’s why turning out our voters and making our get-out-the-vote effort so critical.

So please take a few moments to help get the word out on my write-in campaign. Tell your family, your friends, your neighbors about me, talk about the need to fight the local liberal agenda. Thank you for your support!


Write in "Bo" Gus for Johnson County Supervisor

Iowa GOP Calls for Investigation into AG Miller’s Ethically-Challenged Fundraising

Strawn: Did Miller use official resources to solicit loans from taxpayer-funded employees?

DES MOINES, IA. -- Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn today called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller funding his re-election campaign through loans from two of his employees who receive taxpayer-funded salaries.

This morning the Des Moines Register reports Miller said he needed the money for cash-flow purposes to buy advertising. Chairman Strawn said, “With Miller’s admission that he needed the money, and because the loans came from deputy attorneys general who could lose their jobs if Miller isn’t re-elected, it is important to find out if Miller asked for or coerced the employees to loan him nearly 100-thousand dollars.”

According to the Iowa Code, section 721.2, it appears to be illegal for an elected official to use their office to demand or coerce an employee to give something of value.

Strawn said, “Clearly it would be a conflict of interest for the Attorney General’s office to investigate the circumstances surrounding the loan agreement, so today I am calling for a special investigation.”

Strawn outlined five questions that Iowans need answered:

1. Whose idea was it to loan the campaign $95,000?
2. Where did Jeff Thompson’s $75,000 come from? His salary is only $120,000 per year.
3. Tom Miller controls the wages to these employees. If these employees receive a raise or bonus, how will Iowa taxpayers be assured their tax dollars are not being used to repay a campaign debt?
4. Did Tom Miller or anyone in his office use official resources to arrange the campaign loans? The Iowa GOP will file a public records request on Monday, to determine if official resources were used to arrange these campaign loans.
5. Why did Tom Miller accept a loan from his employees? It is certainly poor judgment to be indebted nearly $100,000 to people he is supervising.

Strawn said, “It is time to clean up the Attorney General’s office. While Tom Miller likes to talk about removing politics from his office, his actions clearly show otherwise.”

As examples, Strawn cited that Tom Miller wouldn’t let Governor Chet Culver fire Lynn Walding, one of Miller’s former top staffers, when problems were discovered in the Alcoholic Beverages Division. Miller also approved allowing Donn Stanley to take a leave of absence from the Attorney General’s office to manage Chet Culver’s re-election campaign. Now, Miller is in debt to employees who report to him, and who are paid a salary with taxpayer dollars.

Iowa GOP Chair to Hold Media Avail on AG Miller’s Ethically-troubled Fundraising

Documents reveal Miller’s funding campaign with taxpayer-funded employees’ money

DES MOINES, IA. -- Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn will hold a media avail with reporters on Saturday, October 30, regarding revelations that Democrat Attorney General Tom Miller has borrowed $95,000 from two taxpayer-funded employees to fund his re-election campaign.

Strawn will recommend remedies to prevent such ethical abuses from happening again. Strawn will talk with reporters at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 30, at the Urbandale Victory Center, 3590 109th Street, Urbandale.

More fuel to add to the 'Johnson County Republican Central Committee is lame' fire

The following is a statement from "Bo" Gus, write-in candidate for Johnson County Supervisor

I'm running for Johnson County Supervisor for two reasons.

1.  Monolithic Democrat rule in this county has got to stop.  It's all Democrats on the board of supervisors, not one Republican, no Republicans in the other county offices either.  They're only listening to liberal wants, not true needs, they're out-of-control with spending, they're raising taxes every year, they're growing government instead of creating a positive environment for business.

2.  The local GOP leadership has completely failed to challenge the monolithic Democat rule.  The GOP Central Committee doesn't do what it takes to seek out, recruit, and support candidates for local office, they don't take a stance on issues, they are content to have monthly social hour meetings that produce absolutely nothing for Republicans living in the communities the central committee supposedly represents.  Trying to effect change from within the Central Committee structure has failed to produce positive results.  Current leadership is tone deaf.

The following is an example of capable and productive, open-minded leadership:  Scott County Republicans recently held a fundraising event that attracted 450 supporters and raised enough money to fund a television commercial.  According to an article run by The Iowa Republican, The event featured both members of the Republican ticket for governor, Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds. Also in attendance were Brenna Findley, Dave Jamison, Matt Schultz, and a host of local candidates running in the area.  Also according to the article, Scott County has raised $90,000 in the past year for their efforts.

In comparison, what does the Johnson County leadership typically do?  They hold an annual spaghetti dinner at the Johnson County Fairgrounds (rent payment going to Democrats by the way), with donated spaghetti and raise $1500 to buy a metal elephant for parades. 

Scott County has raised $90,000 in the past year, they've got some open-minded people thinking outside the box.  They obviously KNOW how to fund raise.  And who is Johnson County's biggest fund raiser?  Not a person, not a couple people, but a bag.  The Lincoln bag....  The bag passed around at the monthly social hour meetings that tone deaf *leaders* put $5 bills in.

Do you see a glaring difference here?  The following video is the Scott County TV ad:

Scott County is labor union land!  And yet that Central Committee got 450 people to come out and spend $50 a plate and produced a television ad to reach thousands of voters.   What does Johnson County do?  Get 75 people to show up for some lukewarm spaghetti and waste the fundraising from it on a pink elephant. 

Surely, Johnson County Republicans deserve better.  The Central Committee needs to start holding quarterly fundraisers.  And if their all-eggs-in-one-basket candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks wins, she will owe Johnson County big time and one of her first appearances should be a fund raiser dinner for the Johnson County GOP.

But knowing the current Johnson County Republican Central Committee leadership as I do, come Nov. 3rd, the Johnson County GOP will go underground deep into 2011.  The leadership will go in hiding.  No review of what can be done to improve will take place, the "We're outnumbered by Democrats" excuses will be made, no thinking outside the box will happen, there will be no changes.  They'll hide until the calendar dictates the obligatory events need to take place and they'll go through the motions again, setting themselves up for failure - again.

I WANT TO PUT A STOP TO THAT NONSENSE!  Vote "Bo" Gus for Johnson County Supervisor.  Your vote matters, help me produce something for people who realize the status quo cannot continue.  This county cannot continue to spend money like it does, we must take a stand on issues, we must put some party balance back in local government.

Write-in "Bo" Gus for Johnson County Supervisor on November 2nd.

New Ranking puts Iowa’s Business Tax Climate as one of the nation’s worst

Extremely high taxes continue to hinder job creation efforts in the state

URBANDALE, IA. -- The nonpartisan Tax Foundation has released its annual analysis of state business taxes and concluded Iowa’s business tax climate is the sixth worst in the country.

The report is found here: State Business Tax Climate Index, Fiscal Year 2011, the Tax Foundation

According to the Tax Foundation, this ranking is important because: “Taxes do matter. Business taxes effect business decisions, job creation and retention, plant location, competitiveness, the transparency of the tax system, and the long-term health of a state’s economy.”

In response, Governor Branstad 2010 campaign manager Jeff Boeyink said:

“While Chet Culver likes to hide his unacceptable performance on job creation efforts behind the rankings of Wall Street rating agencies, this nonpartisan report shows his failure to address Iowa’s punishing tax climate severely limits our ability to create the jobs so desperately needed in Iowa.

“Our corporate income tax is the highest in the nation and commercial property taxpayers in our urban areas pay taxes comparable to businesses in Manhattan.

“Governor Branstad has a forward thinking plan to reduce the corporate income tax and commercial property taxes because he knows these high taxes are job killers and by adopting his plan our Iowa entrepreneurs will be freed to make those critical investments that will once again lead to job growth in this state.”

Terry Branstad has plans to fix taxes, including a reduction in commercial property taxes, cutting the corporate income tax in half, and no income taxes for start-up businesses for the first three years.

Those plans are found HERE.

For more information on the Branstad/Reynolds campaign, please visit

Government spending at EVERY level is bankrupting America

There's out-of-control spending at every level of government folks, Democrats run Johnson County, Democrats run the state, Democrats run federal government and spending is out-of-control!  Taxation is out-of-control to cover that spending!  Sally Stutsman/Janelle Rettig's Johnson County government is bankrupting you, Culver's state government is bankrupting you, the Obama/Reid/Pelosi federal government is bankrupting you. And what do you have to show for it?

Your vote on November 2nd is more important than it ever has been!  Vote fiscal conservative, vote with the Constitution in mind.  You have to take a stand and vote to protect your freedoms and liberties....  Voting Democrat does NOT protect them, it ENDANGERS them.  If you want bigger more intrusive government, vote Democrat.  If you want higher taxes, vote Democrat.  If you want more government debt put on your children and grand children, vote Democrat.  If you want higher unemployment, vote Democrat.  If you want more restrictions and more hoops to jump through affecting your way of life, vote Democrat.   

"Bo" Gus demonstrates wasteful Johnson County Supervisor Spending

The "Bo" Gus campaign released two more videos today, with the latest releases demonstrating wasteful spending by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.  The first highlights a multi-million dollar building not utilizing an entire floor, and the second features a new parking lot being built to accomodate....  More government employees?   Government grows, while the private sector shrinks.  Write-in "Bo" Gus for Johnson County Supervisor on November 2nd.

North Liberty land deal with UICCU unethical?

In a 3-1 vote, the North Liberty City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the purchase and transfer of 24 acres of land to the University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU) for $1.

That $1 *sale* is part of a project where the city council will purchase 64 acres of land on the west side of the city for $11.3 million (despite researched and informed resident objection).  The city council is getting a loan from the UICCU for the purchase.  Payment on the $11.3 million loan will come from the pockets of taxpayers.

Tom Lepic is a board member of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

That's Tom Lepic, of Lepic-Kroger Realtors®.

Doesn't Lepic-Kroger stand to make a big payday with this sale?   Just say'n.......