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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

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American Future Fund accused of violating campaign finance law

By Jason Hancock | 10.20.10 | 3:42 pm

Des Moines-based American Future Fund appears to be violating campaign finance law, three watchdog groups said in a complaint filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The three groups — Public Citizen, Protect Our Elections and the Center for Media and Democracy — are asking the FEC to investigate whether American Future Fund should register as a political action committee for its huge expenditures on the upcoming elections. Doing so would force the group disclose its donors and its spending. It is currently registered with the IRS as a 501(c)4 nonprofit, meaning it does not have to disclose its donors but cannot have a primary purpose of influencing elections.

American Future Fund has promised to spend $25 million this fall attacking Democrats in competitive congressional races around the country. Here in Iowa, it has spent nearly $1 million attacking U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley. In their complaint, the groups alleges that AFF has spent more than half its advertising spending this year on television ads that expressly call on voters to vote for or against particular candidates.

“American Future Fund is pulling out the stops to ensure that Republicans are elected this November,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen. “That imposes on the group the legal duty to register with the FEC and disclose exactly who is funding all those expenditures.”

American Future Fund’s leadership has numerous ties to the 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign of Mitt Romney and the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of Terry Branstad. The New York Times reported earlier this month the group was founded with seed money from ethanol businessman Bruce Rastetter, and thus, have routinely focused on supporting pro-ethanol politicians and opposing anyone who opposes the best interests of Rastetter’s business holdings. In Michigan, the group is attacking Democrat Mark Schauer, who last year propose legislation that he said was designed to fix a 2004 law that had “artificially inflated commercial ethanol market prices.”

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