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name                = Thomas Miller |
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|Name = Thomas John Miller
political position  = [[Iowa Attorney General]] |
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incumbency          = Incumbent |
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|Position = Attorney General of Iowa
assumed office     = 1995 |
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|Status = Incumbent
term ends          = 2011 |
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|Tenure = 1995-Present
political party    = [[Democrat]] |
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|Tenure 2=1979-1991
profession          = |
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|Term ends = 2014
  website             = [http://www.state.ia.us/government/ag/ Official Iowa Attorney General website] |
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|Assumed office = 1995
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|Political party = Democratic
}}{{tnr}}'''Thomas John Miller''' (born August 11, 1944, in Dubuque, [[Iowa]]) is the current [[Democratic]] [[Iowa Attorney General|Attorney General of Iowa]], first elected to the statewide position in 1995.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Thomas John Miller''' (born August 11, 1944, in Dubuque, [[Iowa]]) is the current [[Democratic]] [[Iowa Attorney General|Attorney General of Iowa]] and President of the National Association of Attorneys General. Miller was first elected to the statewide position in 1978.<ref>[http://www.state.ia.us/government/ag/tom_miller/index.html ''Office of the Iowa Attorney General,'' "Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller," accessed January 17, 2013]</ref>
  
==Education==
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==Biography==
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Miller was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, where his father served as county assessor. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1962 and Loras College in 1966, and he received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1969. Following in his father's example, Miller decided to move to Baltimore, [[Maryland]] after law school to spend two years working as a volunteer for VISTA, a cadaveric surgical training facility.
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While in Maryland, Miller took a job as legislative assistant to U.S. Representative John C. Culver, taught law part-time at the Maryland School of Law, and eventually became Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau as legal education director.<ref name="About Tom">[http://www.state.ia.us/government/ag/tom_miller/index.html ''Attorney General Tom Miller'', "About Tom", accessed February 17, 2012]</ref>
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He moved back to Iowa in 1973 and opened up a private practice. Prior to beginning his political career as a candidate for Attorney General in 1974, Miller was city attorney of McGregor and Marquette, Iowa.<ref name="About Tom"/> He returned to private practice upon the expiration of his third term as Iowa Attorney General, working as a Partner/Attorney, Faegre & Benson Law Firm from 1991-1994.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/biography/1768/thomas-miller ''Project Vote Smart'', "Thomas Miller", accessed February 17, 2012]</ref>
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===Education===
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*Wahlert High School (1962)
 
*Bachelor's degree, Loras College (1966)
 
*Bachelor's degree, Loras College (1966)
 
*Juris Doctorate degree, Harvard Law School (1969)
 
*Juris Doctorate degree, Harvard Law School (1969)
  
 
==Political career==
 
==Political career==
Immediately after receiving his law degree, Miller worked as a volunteer at VISTA, a cadaveric surgical training facility based out of Baltimore, [[Maryland]]. In 1973, he joined the private practice law firm of '''McGregor & Marquette''' as a city attorney. Miller successfully ran for State Attorney General in 1978, remaining in the position for two years before deciding to run for governor. He, however, failed to receive the [[Democratic]] nomination. Miller was elected once again as State Attorney General in 1994, subsequently being re-elected to the position in 1998, 2002, and 2006. He and Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald were one of the first state officials in the country to back United States Senator Barack Obama for President on February 11, 2007. <ref>[http://www.iowapolitics.com/index.iml?Article=88563 ''Iowa Politics'' "Obama Campaign: Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald Endorse Barack Obama for President" 11 Feb. 2007]</ref>
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===Attorney General of Iowa (1979-1991, 1995-present)===
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Miller first ran, unsuccessfully, for Attorney General in 1974, but prevailed in 1978. He remained in the position for 12 years. Miller returned to politics in 1990 with a gubernatorial bid, but did not receive the [[Democratic]] nomination. He was elected to a fourth term as Iowa Attorney General in 1994, and won re-election to the office again in 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010.  
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Miller is currently the President of the National Association of Attorneys General.
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====Issues====
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=====Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act=====
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{{AGs student aid protection 2013|Name=Miller}}
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=====Presidential preference=====
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Miller and [[Iowa State Treasurer]] [[Michael Fitzgerald]] were one of the first state officials in the country to back United States Senator [[Barack Obama]] for President on February 11, 2007. <ref>[http://www.iowapolitics.com/index.iml?Article=88563 ''Iowa Politics'' "Obama Campaign: Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald Endorse Barack Obama for President" 11 Feb. 2007]</ref>
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=====Mortgage Crisis=====
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Miller led the roughly three year-long multi-state negotiations in the effort to settle with several U.S. banks over alleged abuses and faulty documentation used in the wrongful seizure of homes since the crisis began in 2008. The deal, which 49 states ultimately agreed upon in February, 2012 ([[Oklahoma]]'s [[Scott Pruitt]] made an independent deal for his state), was expected to yield up to $40 billion in relief to struggling homeowners, and an estimated "1 million U.S. homeowners who are "underwater" on their mortgages -- with principal exceeding the home's value -- will be eligible for as much as $20,000 in relief of principal owed." <ref name="Foreclosure settlement">[http://www.kcci.com/r/30367072/detail.html, ''CNNMoney.com'', "Finally, a foreclosure settlement (Maybe)", February 3, 2012]</ref>
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Attorneys General from around the country collaborated on the deal to provide immediate assistance to their states' constituents, with notable exceptions, including California's [[Kamala D. Harris]] [[Democratic Party|(D)]], New York's [[Eric Schneiderman]] [[Democratic Party|(D)]], and Delaware's [[Beau Biden]] [[Democratic Party|(D)]] who reentered the fray at the last minute on the knowledge that the banks would be reluctant to agree to any deal that did not include immunity from mortgage servicing claims from California's and New York's attorneys general.<ref name="Foreclosure settlement"/>
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::''See also: [[West Virginia Attorney General makes plan for his state's share of the foreclosure settlement|February 15, 2012 Ballotpedia News Article about foreclosure settlement]]''
  
==ACORN==
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====Controversies====
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=====ACORN=====
 
:: ''See also: [[Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now]]''
  
Miller was one of six state attorney generals, all of whom belonged to the [[Democratic Party]], who received the highest rating, a letter grade of '''A+''', from the June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the embattled liberal political organization, '''[[Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now|ACORN]]'''. The report was published in an effort to shine the spotlight on state attorney generals "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," according to the group. <ref>[http://acorn.org/fileadmin/ACORN_Reports/2008/agreport.pdf ''ACORN'' "Attorneys General Take Action: Real Leadership in Fighting Foreclosures" June 2008]</ref>
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Miller was one of six state attorneys general, all of whom belonged to the [[Democratic Party]], who received the highest rating, a letter grade of '''A+''', from the June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the political organization, '''[[Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now|ACORN]]'''. The report was published in an effort to shine the spotlight on state attorneys general "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," according to the group. <ref>[http://acorn.org/fileadmin/ACORN_Reports/2008/agreport.pdf ''ACORN'' "Attorneys General Take Action: Real Leadership in Fighting Foreclosures" June 2008]</ref>
  
==Electoral history==
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=====Foreclosure investigation=====
===1998===
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According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, Miller accepted significant contributions to his 2010 re-election campaign from out-of-state lawyers after launching an investigation of the foreclosure practices of prominent banks. Without making any specific allegations, NIMISP suggested the timing and scale of Miller's contributions from out-of-state and legal sources was related to his investigation.
*'''1998 Race for Attorney General - [[Democratic]] Primary'''
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**Tom Miller ran unopposed
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NIMISP noted that Miller's 2010 contributions from out-of-state sources and from lawyers and lobbyists in general greatly exceeded what he had previously brought in from those demographics. Though Miller raised twice as much in 2010 as he had in his 2006 and 2002 campaigns combined, he raised more than ten times as much from lawyers and lobbyists in the finance, insurance and real estate sectors. In particular, $170,300 -- over 20 percent of Miller's total contributions -- came between September 30 and election day, after Miller announced the beginning of his investigation on October 13. Though it is not unusual for a large proportion of candidates' contributions to come in the last month before an election, the NIMISP report argued that the huge discrepancy between Miller's out-of-state contributions from lawyers and lobbyists in 2010 and in previous campaigns suggested a link with his investigation.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/press/ReportView.phtml?r=447 ''National Institute on Money in Politics'', "Campaign Contributions Rise When Foreclosure Investigation Begins," April 20, 2011.]</ref>
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! colspan="5" | 1998 Race for Attorney General - General Election <ref>[http://www.sos.state.ia.us/pdfs/10-8.pdf Iowa Secretary of State - Official 1998 General Election Results]</ref>
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! colspan="2" style="width: 17em" |Candidates
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! style="width: 7em" |Percentage
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| colspan="2" | [[Image:Green_check_mark.jpg|14px]] '''Tom Miller (D)'''
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| align="right" | '''65.4%'''
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| colspan="2" | Mark Schwickerath (R)
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| align="right" | 32.4%
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| colspan="2" | Nancy L. Watkins  (Natural Law)
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| align="right" | 2.2%
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| colspan="2" style="text-align: right; margin-right: 0.5em" | '''Total votes'''
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| align="right"            | '''922,155'''
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===2002===
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==Elections==
*'''2002 Race for Attorney General - [[Democratic]] Primary'''
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===2010===
**Tom Miller ran unopposed
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:: ''See also: [[Iowa Attorney General election, 2010]]''
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*'''2010 Race for Attorney General - [[Democratic]] Primary'''
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:*Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
  
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{{Election results boxtop
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|title=2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election <ref>[http://www.sos.state.ia.us/pdfs/elections/2010/statewideorr.pdf Iowa Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results]</ref>
! colspan="5" | 2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election <ref>[http://www.sos.state.ia.us/pdfs/elections/2002/results/Canvass%20Summary.pdf Iowa Secretary of State - Official 2002 General Election Results]</ref>
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{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}}|candidatename=Tom Miller|percentage=55.5%}}
! colspan="2" style="width: 17em" |Candidates
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{{Election results box|R|candidatename=[[Brenna Findley]]|percentage=44.4%}}
! style="width: 7em" |Percentage
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{{Election results box|Write-In|candidatename=|percentage=0.1%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=1,094,633}}
| colspan="2" | [[Image:Green_check_mark.jpg|14px]] '''Tom Miller (D)'''
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| align="right" | '''61.6%'''
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| colspan="2" | Dave  Millage (R)
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| align="right" | 36.7%
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| colspan="2" | Edward F. Noyes  (Libertarian)
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| align="right" | 1.7%
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| colspan="2" style="text-align: right; margin-right: 0.5em" | '''Total votes'''
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| align="right"            | '''993,254'''
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|}
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===2006===
 
===2006===
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**Tom Miller ran unopposed in both contests
 
**Tom Miller ran unopposed in both contests
  
===2010===
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===2002===
:: ''See also: [[Iowa Attorney General election, 2010]]''
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*'''2002 Race for Attorney General - [[Democratic]] Primary'''
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**Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
  
*'''2010 Race for Attorney General - [[Democratic]] Primary'''
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{{Election results boxtop
**Tom Miller ran unopposed
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|title=2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election <ref>[http://www.sos.state.ia.us/pdfs/elections/2002/results/Canvass%20Summary.pdf Iowa Secretary of State - Official 2002 General Election Results]</ref>
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{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}} |candidatename=Tom Miller|percentage=61.6%}}
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{{Election results box|R|candidatename=Dave Millage|percentage=36.7%}}
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{{Election results box|L|candidatename=Edward F. Noyes|percentage=1.7%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=993,254}}
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===1998===
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*'''1998 Race for Attorney General - [[Democratic]] Primary'''
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**Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
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{{Election results boxtop
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|title=1998 Race for Attorney General - General Election <ref>[http://www.sos.state.ia.us/pdfs/10-8.pdf Iowa Secretary of State - Official 1998 General Election Results]</ref>
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{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}} |candidatename=Tom Miller|percentage=65.4%}}
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{{Election results box|R|candidatename=Mark Schwickerath|percentage=32.4%}}
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{{Election results box|Natural Law|candidatename=Nancy L. Watkins|percentage=2.2%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=922,155}}
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==Campaign donors==
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|candidate=Tom Miller
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|year1=2010
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|office1=Attorney General of Iowa
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|political party1=Democratic
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|total raised1=$785,103
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|opponent1= $1,389,498
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|top donor1=Democratic Attorneys General Association - Ohio
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|top donor1 amount=$50,000
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|second donor1=Gregory Abel
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|second donor1 amount=$30,000
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|third donor1=David Boies
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|third donor1 amount=$25,000
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|fourth donor1=Kirby McInerney, LLP
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|fourth donor1 amount=$25,000
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|fifth donor1=Donald Flexner & Jerry Crawford
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|fifth donor1 amount=$20,000 each
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|individuals1=$566,802
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|institutions1=$214,825
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|instate1=$231,493
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|outstate1=$497,609
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|year2=2006
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|office2=Attorney General of Iowa
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|political party2=Democratic
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|total raised2= $109,594
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|opponent2=n/a
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|top donor2=Peter Decoster
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|top donor2 amount=$10,000
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|second donor2=Kurt & Lynette Rasmussen
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|second donor2 amount=$7,500
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|third donor2=Sandra Rasmussen
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|third donor2 amount=$7,500
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|fourth donor2=Robert Skinner
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|fourth donor2 amount=$5,000
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|fifth donor2=Edwin Skinner
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|fifth donor2 amount=$5,000
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|individuals2=$95,562
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|institutions2=$8,000
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|instate2=$99,086
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|outstate2=$10,508
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|year3=2002
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|office3=Attorney General of Iowa
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|political party3=Democratic
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|total raised3= $217,602
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|opponent3=$79,883
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|top donor3=Brent & Staci Appel
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|top donor3 amount=$2,500
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|second donor3=Responsibility Opportunity Community
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|second donor3 amount=$2,500
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|third donor3=Qwesst Communications
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|third donor3 amount=$2,500
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|fourth donor3=Brown Forman Corp
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|fourth donor3 amount=$2,500
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|fifth donor3=Ralph Walker and Steven Wandro
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|fifth donor3 amount=$2,500 each
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|individuals3=$49,256
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|institutions3=$19,300
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|instate3=$197,938
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|outstate3=$19,498
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|year4=1998
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|office4=Attorney General of Iowa
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|political party4=Democratic
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|total raised4= $128,123
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|opponent4=$23,242
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|top donor4=Ed & Lois Skinner
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|top donor4 amount=$7,000
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|second donor4=Elaine Kamarck
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|second donor4 amount=$3,000
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|third donor4=Jerry Crawford and Thomas Urban
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|third donor4 amount=$2,500 each
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|fourth donor4=Gerald & Jane Kuehn
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|fourth donor4 amount=$2,000
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|fifth donor4=Beverly & Michael Horton
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|fifth donor4 amount=$2,000
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|individuals4=$111,635
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|institutions4=$15,050
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|instate4=$104,489
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|outstate4=$22,700
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==Recent news==
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==Personal==
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Miller resides in McGregor, Iowa. He has a son named Matt.
  
 
==Contact Information==
 
==Contact Information==
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Des Moines, IA 50319<br>
 
Des Moines, IA 50319<br>
  
'''Phone:''' 515-281-5164<br>
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'''Phone:''' (515) 281-5164<br>
'''Fax:''' 515-281-4209<br>
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'''Fax:''' (515) 281-4209<br>
 
'''E-mail:''' [mailto:webteam@ag.state.ia.us webteam@ag.state.ia.us]
 
'''E-mail:''' [mailto:webteam@ag.state.ia.us webteam@ag.state.ia.us]
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==See also==
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*[[Attorney General of Iowa]]
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*[[Governor of Iowa]]
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*[[Lieutenant Governor of Iowa]]
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*[[Iowa Secretary of State]]
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==External links==  
 
==External links==  
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*[http://www.iowa.gov/government/ag/ Official Iowa Attorney General website]
 
*[http://www.iowa.gov/government/ag/ Official Iowa Attorney General website]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=1768 Project Vote Smart - Tom Miller biography]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=1768 Project Vote Smart - Tom Miller biography]
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*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=140116 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=116332 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=96510 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=80162 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=70878 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=13355 2002], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=27582 1998]
  
 
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Thomas John Miller
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Attorney General of Iowa
Incumbent
In office
1979-1991, 1995-Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position (current service)19
Years in position (previous service)12
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBonnie Campbell (D)
Leadership
President of the National Association of Attorneys General
Compensation
Base salary$123,669
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1978
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolWalert High School (1962)
Bachelor'sLoras College (1966)
J.D.Harvard Law School (1969)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 11, 1944
Place of birthDubuque, Iowa
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Thomas John Miller (born August 11, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa) is the current Democratic Attorney General of Iowa and President of the National Association of Attorneys General. Miller was first elected to the statewide position in 1978.[1]

Biography

Miller was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, where his father served as county assessor. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1962 and Loras College in 1966, and he received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1969. Following in his father's example, Miller decided to move to Baltimore, Maryland after law school to spend two years working as a volunteer for VISTA, a cadaveric surgical training facility.

While in Maryland, Miller took a job as legislative assistant to U.S. Representative John C. Culver, taught law part-time at the Maryland School of Law, and eventually became Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau as legal education director.[2]

He moved back to Iowa in 1973 and opened up a private practice. Prior to beginning his political career as a candidate for Attorney General in 1974, Miller was city attorney of McGregor and Marquette, Iowa.[2] He returned to private practice upon the expiration of his third term as Iowa Attorney General, working as a Partner/Attorney, Faegre & Benson Law Firm from 1991-1994.[3]

Education

  • Wahlert High School (1962)
  • Bachelor's degree, Loras College (1966)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Harvard Law School (1969)

Political career

Attorney General of Iowa (1979-1991, 1995-present)

Miller first ran, unsuccessfully, for Attorney General in 1974, but prevailed in 1978. He remained in the position for 12 years. Miller returned to politics in 1990 with a gubernatorial bid, but did not receive the Democratic nomination. He was elected to a fourth term as Iowa Attorney General in 1994, and won re-election to the office again in 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010.

Miller is currently the President of the National Association of Attorneys General.

Issues

Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act

On March 11, 2013, Miller, together with twelve other state attorneys general, sent a letter to Congress in support of the Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act, a bill which would ban for-profit colleges from using federal funds for marketing and recruiting techniques.[4] Sponsored by Senators Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs the chamber's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the law aims to “ensure that scarce federal education dollars will be used to serve and educate students rather than to finance advertising campaigns, recruitment operations, and aggressive marketing.”[5] Consumer protection is one of the key duties assigned to the attorney general in each state.

According to the law's text, student enrollment at for-profit degree-issuing institutions such as the University of Phoenix more than doubled between 1998-2008, during which time the federal government--through student financial assistance programs--provided 86% of revenues to 15 reviewed publicly traded companies operating these for-profit colleges. A separate analysis of 15 such companies concluded that, on average, 28% of all expenditures were on advertising, marketing, and recruiting. Critics, including the attorneys general responsible for the letter advocating the bill's passage, contend that these expenditures are used to deceive consumers about program costs, graduation rates, or their employment potential beyond graduation. The bill seeks to restrict spending of this nature by higher education institutions or other postsecondary educational institution by prohibiting use of federal loans or grants in specific areas, and requiring that all such institutions whose revenues can be traced to federal educational assistance funds "report annually to the Secretary and to Congress the institution's expenditures on advertising, marketing, and recruiting."[4]

In the letter, the attorneys general urged, “Federal taxpayers should not be asked to foot the bill for aggressive recruiting and deceptive sales tactics of colleges that have placed profits ahead of ensuring student success.”[6] There are an estimated 3,000 for-profit schools nationwide, though neither the letter nor the bill cited the name of a specific institution.[7]


Presidential preference

Miller and Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald were one of the first state officials in the country to back United States Senator Barack Obama for President on February 11, 2007. [8]

Mortgage Crisis

Miller led the roughly three year-long multi-state negotiations in the effort to settle with several U.S. banks over alleged abuses and faulty documentation used in the wrongful seizure of homes since the crisis began in 2008. The deal, which 49 states ultimately agreed upon in February, 2012 (Oklahoma's Scott Pruitt made an independent deal for his state), was expected to yield up to $40 billion in relief to struggling homeowners, and an estimated "1 million U.S. homeowners who are "underwater" on their mortgages -- with principal exceeding the home's value -- will be eligible for as much as $20,000 in relief of principal owed." [9]

Attorneys General from around the country collaborated on the deal to provide immediate assistance to their states' constituents, with notable exceptions, including California's Kamala D. Harris (D), New York's Eric Schneiderman (D), and Delaware's Beau Biden (D) who reentered the fray at the last minute on the knowledge that the banks would be reluctant to agree to any deal that did not include immunity from mortgage servicing claims from California's and New York's attorneys general.[9]

See also: February 15, 2012 Ballotpedia News Article about foreclosure settlement

Controversies

ACORN
See also: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now

Miller was one of six state attorneys general, all of whom belonged to the Democratic Party, who received the highest rating, a letter grade of A+, from the June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the political organization, ACORN. The report was published in an effort to shine the spotlight on state attorneys general "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," according to the group. [10]

Foreclosure investigation

According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, Miller accepted significant contributions to his 2010 re-election campaign from out-of-state lawyers after launching an investigation of the foreclosure practices of prominent banks. Without making any specific allegations, NIMISP suggested the timing and scale of Miller's contributions from out-of-state and legal sources was related to his investigation.

NIMISP noted that Miller's 2010 contributions from out-of-state sources and from lawyers and lobbyists in general greatly exceeded what he had previously brought in from those demographics. Though Miller raised twice as much in 2010 as he had in his 2006 and 2002 campaigns combined, he raised more than ten times as much from lawyers and lobbyists in the finance, insurance and real estate sectors. In particular, $170,300 -- over 20 percent of Miller's total contributions -- came between September 30 and election day, after Miller announced the beginning of his investigation on October 13. Though it is not unusual for a large proportion of candidates' contributions to come in the last month before an election, the NIMISP report argued that the huge discrepancy between Miller's out-of-state contributions from lawyers and lobbyists in 2010 and in previous campaigns suggested a link with his investigation.[11]

Elections

2010

See also: Iowa Attorney General election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election [12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Tom Miller 55.5%
     Republican Party Brenna Findley 44.4%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 1,094,633

2006

  • 2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary and General Election
    • Tom Miller ran unopposed in both contests

2002

  • 2002 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
    • Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election [13]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Tom Miller 61.6%
     Republican Party Dave Millage 36.7%
     Libertarian Party Edward F. Noyes 1.7%
Total Votes 993,254

1998

  • 1998 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
    • Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
1998 Race for Attorney General - General Election [14]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Tom Miller 65.4%
     Republican Party Mark Schwickerath 32.4%
     Natural Law Nancy L. Watkins 2.2%
Total Votes 922,155

Campaign donors

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Tom Miller's donors each year.[15] Click [show] for more information.


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Personal

Miller resides in McGregor, Iowa. He has a son named Matt.

Contact Information

Iowa

Capitol Address:
Iowa Attorney General
1305 East Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: (515) 281-5164
Fax: (515) 281-4209
E-mail: webteam@ag.state.ia.us

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard C. Turner
Iowa Attorney General
1979–1991
Succeeded by
Bonnie Campbell (D)
Preceded by
Bonnie Campbell (D)
Iowa Attorney General
1995–present
Succeeded by
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