Oops! Joni Ernst 'Forgot' To Disclose Income Property On Financial Reports
October 22, 2014

Oops! Joni Ernst can't seem to remember how she feels about personhood or any of her other extreme positions, and now she also can't remember that she owns rental property that she should have disclosed, but didn't.

Huffington Post:

Joni Ernst, the Iowa Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, failed to disclose her ownership of an income-generating rental property on financial disclosure reports filed with the Senate.

Ernst campaign spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel told The Huffington Post Tuesday that the campaign would "immediately" amend the disclosure reports.

The reports fail to list Ernst's industrial property in Red Oak, Iowa, which had an assessed value last year of $54,830. The property generated at least $1,200 in income for Ernst in 2013, according to Ernst's campaign.

This wouldn't necessarily be a big huge deal, except that in campaign season everyone makes a big huge deal out of everything, particularly when it's a Democrat who forgets something. Given the fact that she just paid taxes on that property in September, it is remarkable that she would forget to include it on her disclosures.

Even more interesting, though, is her spokeswoman. Before Gretchen Hamel started working for Ernst, she was the go-to Koch operative for their austerity project, otherwise known as Public Notice. Public Notice and its related 501c4 organizations were conduits for millions in the 2012 elections.

In the first year of its existence, SGC4 received over $11 million in direct support. SGC4 Trust aka Public Notice spent $8.5 million through April, 2011 on advertising around “fiscal and economic issues.” All of those ad buys were done through an entity in Texas called The Wolf Group, LLP, which is the consulting and communications firm of Scott Howell, who trained at the feet of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove.

Yes, Public Notice was one of the four "mystery trusts" that became 501c4 organizations in 2012, through which the Koch cabal funded their political activities in that election. If that doesn't convince voters that Ernst is a wholly-owned Koch creation, I'm not sure what would.

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