Auditor Rob Sand

Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to evaluate Reynolds’ media campaign

BY: - June 21, 2021

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board will review Gov. Kim Reynolds’ coronavirus media campaign in light of allegations from Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand that it violated state law, the auditor’s office reported Monday.  Sand released a report in late May alleging Reynolds sought to “promote herself” through the taxpayer-funded, COVID-19 public awareness “Step […]

Democrat Rep. Ras Smith announces run for Iowa governor

BY: - June 15, 2021

State Rep. Ras Smith, D-Waterloo, announced Tuesday he will run for governor in 2022, making him the first major Democrat to enter the race. Smith released a video early Tuesday to launch his campaign. The video focuses on unity among Iowans, regardless of profession, background or political affiliation. “At the end of the day, we’re […]

Reynolds disputes Sand’s claim that she used taxpayer money ‘to promote herself’

BY: - June 3, 2021

After Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand released a report Thursday alleging Gov. Kim Reynolds illegally sought to “promote herself” through a taxpayer-funded, COVID-19 public awareness campaign, the governor said the law “clearly allows” such a campaign. The governor’s “Step Up, Stop The Spread” media campaign, which was announced in November 2020, was part of […]

Auditor: DHS worker improperly added $52K to husband’s wages to ‘make ends meet’

BY: - June 2, 2021

For 18 months, an administrative assistant at Iowa’s Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders improperly routed money from the facility to her husband, according to the Iowa Auditor of State. The unit, known as CCUSO, is run by the Iowa Department of Human Services and is located on the campus of the Cherokee Mental Health […]

Iowa Supreme Court backs state auditor’s effort to see records tied to billion-dollar U of I deal

BY: - April 30, 2021

The Iowa Supreme Court has backed Auditor of State Rob Sand’s authority to subpoena records from the University of Iowa about a billion-dollar utilities privatization agreement. “The taxpayers of Iowa, who bear the ultimate financial risk for this transaction, are entitled to know if the agency got the best deal available and if anyone had […]

Audit: Reynolds misused $21 million in pandemic aid

BY: - October 19, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds misused $21 million in CARES Act pandemic-relief aid for a state software system that was approved months before COVID-19 arrived, state Auditor Rob Sand said Monday.  In an audit report, Sand said Reynolds should shift the $21 million back to the state’s pandemic relief fund to be used for other, allowable […]