2010 Republican Candidate for Iowa Secretary of State, Chris Sanger, has announced that he will endorse Jake Porter in the election. Sanger received 26% in a three way race in the June Republican primary.
Iowa deserves better than the two-party system which only recognizes Republicans and Democrats.
It is our duty as citizens to reject the government which has betrayed us and replace it with a new government.
On November 2nd, I will be casting my vote for Libertarian candidates Eric Cooper for Governor and Jake Porter for Secretary of State. I have full faith that their intentions are to protect and uphold The Constitution of the United States of America.
You might be thinking….“a third-party candidate cannot win.”
Please become aware. The above statement is what the two parties want you to think.
First, once we put our votes together and the Libertarian Party gains 2% or more on November 2nd, the State of Iowa, by law, will recognize the Libertarian Party as an official political party.
Secondly, if you don’t believe in the Republican or Democrat choice, then split your ticket. It is YOUR vote that counts.
Thirdly, if you followed the Sanger campaign and/or voted for me, I encourage you to vote for Eric and Jake. These two men believe what I believe in – minimum government, maximum freedom.
Vote Libertarian. www.LP.org
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2010 Republican Candidate for Iowa Secretary of State
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORTER ON BALLOT FOR SECRETARY OF STATE RACE
Des Moines, IA — On Tuesday, Jake Porter successfully filed the
necessary 1,500 valid petition signatures to get his name placed on
the November ballot for the Iowa general election race for Secretary
Porter, 22, is a former member of the Libertarian National Committee
and lives in Des Moines. Porter has promised to cut the Secretary of
State’s pay in half by more than $50,000 a year if elected and
recently received 8% of the vote in the Johnson County mock election.
Porter faces Democrat Michael Mauro and Republican Matt Schultz in the
November election. He’s the nominee of the Libertarian Party, Iowa’s
third largest political party.
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Because of your financial support and help gathering signatures Jake will be on the ballot in November!
For Immediate Release
PORTER CAMPAIGN RECEIVES 8% IN JOHNSON COUNTY MOCK ELECTION
Jake Porter, the Libertarian candidate for Iowa Secretary of State, received 8% of the vote in the Johnson County mock election held at the Johnson County fair.
Secretary of State
Michael A. Mauro Democratic Party 285 59%
Matt Schultz Republican Party 157 33%
Jake Porter Libertarian Party 37 8%
Porter said, “We are very pleased that our advertising appears to be working effectively in the campaign. For a third party campaign to be polling these numbers this early in the race is an encouraging sign.”
According to sources, if Porter received 8% statewide it would be the highest vote total the Libertarian Party of Iowa ever received in a statewide race.
For more information on the Johnson County mock election, please visit the Johnson County Auditor’s website:
July 17, 2010-Des Moines, IA
For Immediate Release
PORTER CAMPAIGN RELEASES SECOND PERIOD FUNDRAISING TOTALS
Des Moines, IA-The Committee To Elect Jake Porter in his run for Iowa Secretary of State has released their second period financial filings this morning.
The Porter campaign raised $935 with $164.83 in expenses leaving it with $770.17 cash on hand between May 15 and July 14.
Below are links to the filings with the Iowa Ethics and Disclosure Board: Files are in PDF format.
Many of you have collected petition signatures and contributed money to help me get on the ballot; however, we are still not for certain if we will be able to collect enough signatures at the current rate. That is why I am asking you to consider collecting at least 20 petition signatures to help me get on the ballot. Without your assistance there is no way we can give Iowans the choice to vote for a smaller and more efficient Secretary of State’s office.
KCCI News Channel 8 and the Iowa Freedom Report have both published articles regarding my promise to cut my pay by $50,000 if elected while my opponent will not even consider taking a 10% salary cut while five members of the Secretary of State’s office were cut last November due to budget cuts.
We desperately need leadership in the state government. If workers in my office must make sacrifices so must I.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORTER: MAURO SHOULD TAKE PAY CUT
Des Moines, IA — When times get tough, we all have to tighten our belts. Well, all of us except Secretary of State Michael Mauro, anyway.
Mauro, who makes $103,000 per year — nearly three times the average Iowan’s income — is one of three statewide elected officials who have refused to take the same voluntary 10% salary cut that Governor Chet Culver recommended all state department directors take.
Jake Porter, Mauro’s Libertarian opponent on this November’s ballot, has gone Culver one better: He’s pledged to cut his own salary by more than half, to $50,000 per year, if elected.
“When the economy takes a downward turn, politicians like Michael Mauro are the first ones to turn the screws on regular Iowans,” says Porter, 22, of Des Moines. “When they talk about austerity, they mean austerity for private sector workers; it’s fine with them if the regular guy has to make do with less, but they insist that government employees should give up nothing. A 10% cut isn’t much to ask, but apparently it’s the measure of how much Michael Mauro cares about his constituents.”
Above and beyond a personal salary cut, Porter pledges to run a tight fiscal ship in the Secretary of State’s office. “Even in good times, Iowa’s government owes the public efficient performance on the leanest possible budget,” he says. “And when working families are struggling to stay above water, their government should take the hit with them instead of piling on and making the problem worse.”
Porter faces Democrat Mauro and Republican Matt Schultz in the November
election. He’s the nominee of the Libertarian Party, Iowa’s third largest political party.
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The Des Moines Register is reporting that a federal audit has found 2.5 million dollars in questionable spending from the Secretary of State’s office under the Culver administration. The money was from the 2002 “Help America Vote Act” in which Iowa receive approximately $30 million dollars.
The state has been ordered to repay $576,000 at a time in which revenues from taxes are decreasing and budget cuts are taking place in the state government.
There were three main reasons for disallowing payments, according to the audit resolution:
- Bids were not sought for a $689,000 contract associated with the federal grant. The State Public Policy Group, a consulting firm, received the contract seven years ago. State documents did not adequately support the determination that the firm was the only one that could do the work, the report said. The state must refund $443,505 of that spending.
- A program called “Celebrate Voting” spent money on nonvoter activities. The state must refund $118,224 spent on the program. The $118,224 was partially spent on a traveling exhibit that told the story of the struggle for voting rights. Other expenses included speakers, galas and children’s activities.
- Radio ads were not allowable expenses. The report said $14,000 used for ads that urged people to vote must be repaid.
The overall program is part of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), signed by President George W. Bush. It was aimed at updating voting systems around the country in light of problems that emerged during the 2000 presidential election.
This is why your vote for Secretary of State is important and why you should vote for me. I will not spend your tax dollars unnecessarily. In fact, I am the only candidate pledging that I will cut my pay in half if I am elected.