Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held a private meeting with conservative lobbyists today, and excluded the public. Video recorded by Progress Iowa shows a number of prominent lobbyists in attendance at the Governor’s private capitol office.
“Kim Reynolds reminded us today who she really represents, and it’s not Iowans,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “It’s disturbing that she would host a meeting with the Secretary of Education about how to divert funds from public schools, and cut the public out of the process. These are our tax dollars and our neighborhood schools, and the public should have a seat at the table, not the Koch Brother’s lobbyist. Today’s meeting and their voucher proposal is a slap in the face to every student, parent, and educator in Iowa.”
Those identified as attending the meeting include:
The Iowa Republican Party received $20,000 and Senator Chuck Grassley received $2,700 from a donor who was recently charged in a prostitution sting, and Progress Iowa is calling for them to donate those funds to charity to support the fight against human trafficking.
Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to the news that Roger Stone, advisor to President Trump, has been arrested and indicted:
“It goes beyond partisan politics when an American citizen is arrested and indicted on charges of working with a foreign power to disrupt and destabilize our democratic elections.
Roger Stone’s indictment is a red-alert alarm that should wake up the conscience of every elected official, to step up and protect the ongoing investigation into Russian interference into our democracy. It’s time for Senators Ernst and Grassley to drop their partisan blinders and give their full support for legislation to protect the Mueller investigation.
The accusations in the indictment are startling, both for what they accuse Mr. Stone of doing to influence the election, and the lengths at which they went to cover it up. It is clear that there is a widespread effort to prevent witnesses from being honest, and prevent the special prosecutor from doing his job.
Senators Ernst and Grassley have a constitutional responsibility to do their job and ensure the rule of law. We hope they will start taking it seriously.”