Auditor To Investigate Secretary of State's Voter Fraud Spending

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's new state auditor says she will investigate whether Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz properly used federal funds intended to improve election procedures to hire a state agent to investigate voter fraud.

Democratic Sen. Tom Courtney says he has been informed by Auditor Mary Mosiman that her chief deputy would lead the investigation into whether Help America Vote Act money was properly used.

Mosiman will not be involved because she served as Schultz's deputy of elections until her appointment last month to auditor.

Courtney says Schultz improperly used the money for a "voter fraud goose chase." Schultz's office did not immediately return calls.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which oversees the federal election money, isn't investigating because it does not have enough appointed members to make decisions.

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