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EXPOSED: State Senator obstructs Iowans’ first amendment rights for personal gain

Iowa CCI Action and Food & Water Action file ethics complaint against Senator Rozenboom for conflict of interest in the recent ag-gag legislation Des Moines, IA — Today, members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action) and Food & Water Action (FWA) filed an ethics complaint against Senator Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa) after the Senator abused his authority by sponsoring and strengthening support for an amendment to add ag-gag provisions to Senate File 2413, a COVID-19 response bill. The organizations’ virtual press conference can be found here. On June 5, in the midst of a global pandemic and nationwide protests against police violence, the Iowa Senate passed legislation, Senate File 2413, designed to address impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic but containing a buried provision that makes trespassing on a “food operation,” such as a factory farm, an aggravated misdemeanor. This will stifle the first amendment rights of...

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CCI Action Sues Branstad’s DNR

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund filed a legal complaint in federal district court August 20 alleging that an August 19 vote on new Clean Water Act rules by the Environmental Protection Commission was illegal because five members of the EPC appointed by Governor Terry Branstad have a direct financial stake in the factory farm industry and should have recused themselves from the vote because they would financially benefit from passing a weak rule.

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CCI Members Sound The Alarm On Branstad’s Economic Development Agency

A review of more than two years of public records concerning the Iowa Economic Development Authority by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has confirmed what Iowa CCI members warned would happen in March 2011: Governor Branstad’s privatized economic development agency has been plagued with scandals including: excessive CEO bonuses; conflicts of interest; misuse of taxpayer funds; and pay to play.

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