Thursday evening, a report from The Daily Beast found that Senator Joni Ernst’s “campaign has shielded a key bit of financial information from voters and the public: who she’s paying to run her re-election effort, and how much.”
“No surprise,” said Admiral Franken. “Joni Ernst has a well-established track record of doing what’s necessary to cover the truth, act unscrupulously, and smile nicely. It’s almost Trump-like.”
Lachlan Markey’s report found that Ernst has “for months avoided reporting the names of the campaign staffers on her payroll, how many of those staffers there are, and the extent of payments they’ve received.”
Communications director Aaron Slutkin said, “Joni Ernst cannot claim to represent Iowa values if she can’t report basic aspects of her campaign. Unfortunately, these are the consequences when politicians flirt with shady national groups. All Democratic candidates should take notice, as well, that these accounting tricks do not serve transparency.”
Franken continued: “We have to take a broader look at this kind of behavior. Iowans should take a hard look at politicians who are so willing to court outside influence, regardless of party.”
Mike Franken is eager and available to be reached for further comment.