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Iowa senatorial candidates raise questions about Greenfield’s campaign donations


By Sarah Downey | Dec 29, 2019

Iowa senatorial candidate Theresa Greenfield | Facebook

Theresa Greenfield, who wants to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, is taking heat from fellow Iowa Democrats, who claim she has accepted thousands of dollars from corporate lobbyists in Washington.

A story posted by the Washington Free Beacon said, “Greenfield received at least $17,500 from pharmaceutical lobbyists through the end of June, and continued to take at least $21,650 from about two dozen lobbyists during the third quarter, according to her campaign's most recent filing.”

The disclosure contradicts Greenfield’s earlier promise to forgo any corporate PAC donations, the Beacon said.

In a statement to the Beacon that was posted on the Iowa GOP website, Kimberly Graham, an opponent of Greenfield’s for the Democratic nomination, said, “Accepting large donations from lobbyists for those corporations seems to be a way to end-run around the ‘no corporate PAC money' pledge.”

Another opponent, Eddie Mauro, called on Greenfield to return the donations if she wants to uphold her pledge.

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