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03/03/2011

Iowa for out-of-state ATMs: GOP prez hopeful bankrolled judge-ousting

by Jeremy Hooper

Well this explains why the so-called Iowa For Freedom campaign got off to an inordinately strong, connected, nationalized start from Day 1:

Newt Gingrich anonymously donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a successful effort to recall three judges who overruled Iowa’s law prohibiting same-sex marriages, the Los Angeles Times reports, as part of an effort to court social conservatives and make up for past personal transgressions ahead of a potential presidential bid.
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“It wouldn’t have happened without Newt,” said David Lane, executive director of Iowa for Freedom, the organization that led the campaign.
Gingrich Donated $200,000 To Iowa Judge Recall Campaign [Think Progress, quoting the LA Times]

This should enrage Iowa voters. In a naked bid to score 2012 points in a key caucus state, Newt (and other prominent national figures, likely) steered boatloads of cash to a referendum that should've been Iowans to decide. And theirs to decide on the basis of a whole hosts of issues that had come before the judges during their long careers, not just the one that social conservatives have taken on as head $capegoat.

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