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Iowa auditor questions governor’s spending for COVID-19 ads

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds holds a news conference on COVID-19 at the State Emergency...
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds holds a news conference on COVID-19 at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.(AP Photo/Olivia Sun)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 11:26 AM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa’s Democratic auditor accused the state’s Republican governor of violating a 2018 state law that prohibits statewide elected officials from using public funds for self-promotion.

Auditor Rob Sand argued Thursday that Gov. Kim Reynolds broke the law by making ads promoting coronavirus public safety measures. Sand says the ad campaign launched by Reynolds in November violated the law because it featured Reynolds, who used more than $500,000 of federal coronavirus relief funding for the ads. Sand says a state ethics board should review the expenditure.

Reynolds denies she violated the law, saying it clearly provides an exception for when a disaster emergency is proclaimed by the governor.

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