Iowa group that backed Ernst fights to block donor disclosure

The Clive-based group Iowa Values allegedly spent close to $1.5 million supporting the Iowa Republican senator’s successful re-election campaign, and is now being sued in federal court by the Campaign Legal Center, a national, non-partisan advocacy group. The lawsuit marks the first known use of an obscure provision in federal campaign law that allows a private individual or group to take a claim of campaign finance violations directly to federal court. It was triggered by the Federal Election Commission’s inaction on a complaint the CLC filed against Iowa Values in 2019.

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