Gavel Grab

U.S. Subsidized Effort to Oust Iowa Judges

Federal grant money intended for marriage counseling was also used in the successful effort to oust three Iowa state Supreme Court justices, the Associated Press has reported.

Grant documents obtained by AP under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Iowa Family Policy Center received $2.2 million between 2006-2010 for the purpose of providing educational and counseling services. Documents show, however, that money from the grant was also spent on anti-gay marriage campaign activities in the state.

The Family Policy Center claims it did not misuse federal funds, insisting its work has saved countless marriages. Former Iowa state senator Jeff Angelo disagreed. Angelo, who founded Iowa Republicans for Freedom, a group that supports same-sex marriage, said: “If you are putting money to support offices, phone and Internet services and the salary of someone whose main job is partisan political work, you can’t just argue in a very nebulous way this money was used to save marriage.”

According to the article, the Iowa chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union intends to investigate any links between federal grants and the high-profile efforts to oust three Iowa State Supreme Court justices who had ruled in favor of gay-marriage rights.

Read more about the Iowa retention elections in Gavel Grab.

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