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Iowa Democrats file ethics complaint against Rep. Miller-Meeks

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Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R)

(KWWL) -- The Iowa Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint against Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks regarding her personal finances.

The party filed the complaint on Monday with the Office of Congressional Ethics, saying she violated Congressional requirements.

They claim the Congresswoman for Iowa's Second District reported her income wrong on her 2020 Annual Report, leaving out income from her state pension and former employer as well as her salary as an Iowa State Senator. 

They also state that there were other issues with her filings regarding a deferred compensation payout, not disclosing known assets, and not identifying underlying assets in retirement accounts.

“Iowans expect transparency and honesty as a bare minimum from their elected representatives," IDP Chair Ross Willburn said. "Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ refusal to comply with basic transparency measures intended to root out corruption and ensure good government - which are required of every member of Congress - is yet another reminder that she cannot be trusted by southeastern Iowans. Miller-Meeks doesn’t get to play by her own set of rules and breach ethics rules in the process. It’s high time she comes clean and stops hiding from the Iowans she represents.”

Spokesperson for Miller-Meeks Eric Woolson provided a statement saying that her office is working with House officials to fix the issues in her filings.

You can read Woolson's statement below:

"It’s unfortunate that Chairman Willburn is focused on partisan attacks when he should be focused on solving the problems created by his parties, such as soaring inflation that is hurting working Americans and their families. The Congresswoman's office is working with the House Ethics Committee and House Clerk's office on several substantive questions to resolve the discrepancies of her most recent personal financial report. This will ensure that her upcoming amended report covers all the necessary bases. We anticipate that the amended report will be filed as soon as her staff receives the answers to those questions."