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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 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 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>
 
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 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 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>
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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.
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NIMISP's  noted that Miller's 2010 contributions from out-of-state sources and from lawyers and lobbyists in general exceeded what he had previously brought in from those demographics by many times. 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.
  
 
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Thomas Miller
Tom Miller.jpg
Attorney General of Iowa
Incumbent
Assumed office
1995
Current term ends
2014
Political party Democratic
Website Official Iowa Attorney General website
Thomas John Miller (born August 11, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa) is the current Democratic Attorney General of Iowa, first elected to the statewide position in 1995.

Education

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

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. [1]

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 embattled liberal 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. [2]

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's noted that Miller's 2010 contributions from out-of-state sources and from lawyers and lobbyists in general exceeded what he had previously brought in from those demographics by many times. 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.

Campaign contributions

1998

According to Follow the Money, Miller raised $128,123 in 1998 for his state attorney general campaign. [3]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Ed & Lois Skinner $7,000
Elaine Kamarck $3,000
Jerry R. Crawford $2,500
Thomas N. Urban $2,500
Beverly & Michael Horton $2,000

2002

According to Follow the Money, Miller raised $217,602 in 2002 for his state attorney general campaign. [4]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Brent R. & Staci Appel $2,500
Responsibility Opportunity Community $2,500
Ralph Walker $2,500
Brown Forman Corporation $2,500
Steven P. Wandro $2,500

2006

According to Follow the Money, Miller raised $109,594 in 2006 for his state attorney general campaign. [5]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Peter Decoster $10,000
Kurt E. & Lynette S. Rasmussen $7,500
Sandra Rasmussen $7,500
Robert Bradley Skinner $5,000
Edwin Skinner $5,000

2010

According to Follow the Money, Miller has raised $89,082 in 2010 for his state attorney general campaign as of September 22, 2010. [6]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Crawford Law Firm $10,000
Gregory E. Abel $10,000
Roger Stone $5,000
US Cellular Corporation $5,000
David J. Epstein $2,500

Elections

1998

  • 1998 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
    • Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
1998 Race for Attorney General - General Election [7]
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

2002

  • 2002 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
    • Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election [8]
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

2006

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

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 [9]
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

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

External links

References


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