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Emails Show Little Work by Iowa Official After Cut

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Records show a top aide to Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz conducted virtually no state business through email during his final seven months of employment.

The emails released Thursday by the Secretary of State's Office raise questions about what Schultz chief deputy Jim Gibbons was doing to justify his $126,000 salary from June 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012.

Schultz said this week that he decided to eliminate Gibbons' job in May 2012, and allowed him to work from home in June. Gibbons sent no emails that month.

Schultz says he ordered Gibbons back to the office daily to serve "as a resource" from July until December - unless he found another job first.

Gibbons' final email was sent in October to a private accountant to discuss "an opportunity."