Ethics Board Keeps Executive in Investigation

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board will not remove its executive director from an investigation into whether the National Organization for Marriage violated state law by not disclosing campaign donors.

A complaint filed in June alleges NOM did not disclose donors or all of its contributions when it funded campaigns against Iowa Supreme Court justices up for retention in 2010 and 2012.

The complaint claims NOM spent $635,000 in 2010 and about $100,000 in 2012 to defeat Iowa justices who decided in 2009 that Iowa's law prohibiting gay marriage was unconstitutional. Three were forced from the court in the 2010 election.

NOM wants Ethics Board Executive Director Megan Tooker removed from the investigation claiming she's biased. The board unanimously voted Wednesday to allow her to investigate the matter.

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