Terry Branstad is a Republican candidate running for Governor of Iowa, and as is to be expected, he is receiving some criticism in advertisements for being “liberal.” One such ad re-imagines the faces of Mt. Rushmore to include Branstad’s visage alongside other “liberal stalwarts” like President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. What’s unexpected about this ad, is that it appears to be paid for by the Democratic Governors Association. Whaaa?
Writing for The Upshot, Rachel Rose Hartman reports:
Tim Albrecht, spokesman for gubernatorial candidate Branstad, told The Upshot they knew something was fishy ever since the nebulously named 527 group, “Iowans for Responsible Government,” was formed in May. And today, they got their proof.
An IRS filing revealed that all of the group’s $782,500 raised came from the DGA.
“We were right all along. We have reached a new low in Iowa politics,” Albrecht said in a statement revealing the news.
Albrecht said Branstad’s campaign purchased the domain name, Iowans for Responsible Government
, as soon as they suspected something was amiss and used the website to warn viewers about the shadow group. Albrecht noted that the 527 not only smeared Branstad, but its advertising attacked the president and multiple Democratic leaders in a seemingly counterproductive strategy.