Lawmakers Question Spending on Voter Fraud Inquiry

Secretary of State candidate Matt Schultz speaks at the 2010 Linn County Republican Caucus at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids on Saturday January 23, 2010. (Stephen Mally/Freelance)

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is seeking state funding to continue a voter fraud investigation, but it is not clear lawmakers will back the request.

Schultz appeared before a Senate appropriations subcommittee Tuesday, where he was questioned about using federal grant money for a two-year investigation into voter fraud in Iowa.

Schultz says he expects to spend about $240,000 in federal dollars from the Help America Vote Act. His office has requested $140,000 for the upcoming fiscal year to continue the effort.

Schultz says he will soon provide lawmakers with a report on the investigation. To date, five people have pleaded guilty to voter fraud.

Sen. Liz Mathis, a Democrat from Robins, says she would need to see more evidence of fraud to support the funding request.

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