Iowa Dem claimed for a decade to be co-owners of a ‘family business,’ but the business says otherwise

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FIRST ON FOX: Liz Mathis, a state senator from Iowa and a Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives, has repeatedly claimed over the past decade that she and her husband have a “family business” and that she is one of them. the “owner”, but the marketing and advertising company she claimed to have owned said she “never owned or co-owned”.

AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising contacted Fox News Digital on Wednesday about a separate investigation when a spokesperson revealed that “the Mathis family was never an owner, and Mark Mathis is no longer an owner.”

When Fox News Digital asked if it included Liz Mathis, the public relations director said, “Correct, Liz Mathis was never an owner or co-owner” and confirmed in a follow-up email that Mathis was not an owner of ME&V or before the 2014 merger that gave birth to AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising.

Liz Mathis (right) announced in July 2021 that she was challenging freshman Rep. Ashley Hinson (left), R-Iowa, for her seat in Congress.
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Mathis’ husband Mark stepped down from his role as owner spanning more than two decades at the end of 2021 and is currently “Special Projects Producer” at AMPERAGE.

Between 2011 and 2021, Mathis presented herself as a business owner on at least two financial disclosures, Linkedin, a campaign website, and in an interview last summer around the same time she announced his candidacy for Congress.

“Mark and I are…we own a family business, it’s an ad agency, and we have 40 employees. And so he takes on the same kind of challenges as I do. Anything can ignite, but you have to prioritize “, Mathis said in a July 2021 interview on the Real Success with Nate Kaeding podcast.

On Mathis’ Linkedin profile, sections now deleted listed her as the “family owner” of AMPERAGE and another section said she had a “family co-ownership”. The sections were removed shortly after Fox News Digital published an article on her last July.

As a state senator, Mathis repeatedly presented herself as the “owner” or “co-owner” of businesses, writing on a archived campaign site as of January 2021 that she “and her husband Mark own a marketing and advertising company with offices in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids and Wausau, Wisconsin”.

Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Also, in the “Profession” section of Mathis’ biography on the Iowa Legislature website, she says she “owns a family marketing/advertising business”, referring to AMPERAGE. Another “Profession” section lists “Amperage Marketing” as a “family business”.

Prior to the 2014 merger that became AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising, Mathis’ husband, Mark, been the “owner” and partner of ME&V, billed as an “integrated marketing communications company that delivers powerful results to its clients”. Liz Mathis has also touted her ownership in this business.

Fox News Digital reached out to Bryan Earnest, the “sole proprietor” of AMPERAGE Marking and Fundraising, and he appeared to confirm, in a brief phone call Thursday, what the public relations manager had previously told Fox News Digital, to the best of her knowledge Liz Mathis has never owned or co-owned. Earnest has been with ME&V and AMPERAGE since 1996, the same year Mark Mathis became owner at ME&V.

In her declaration of economic interest from the Iowa legislature filed in 2012, Mathis presents herself as the “co-owner” of ME&V. In his 2011 campaign announcement for the state senate, Mathis wrote, “We need new policies that will help our main street businesses thrive, attract business, and spur job growth in our local communities. My husband and I have experienced this firsthand in our family’s business.”

In Mathis’ 2013 Iowa Legislature Declaration of Economic Interest Form, she calls ME&V a “family business” in a section listed for “the business, occupation, or profession ‘in which she is'” engaged”.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced Mathis as one of its top candidates for the “Red to Blue” program in March 2022. In addition to the DCCC’s support, House Speaker Nancy Pelos’si, D -Calif., Leadership PAC donated $5,000 to Mathis’ campaign in March. She has also received endorsements from many candidates and statewide legislators in Iowa.

Mathis, a former news anchor and journalist from Iowa, announced last July that she was challenging freshman GOP Rep. Ashley Hinson in Iowa’s second congressional district. During the first quarter of 2022, his campaign brought in more than $715,000 in campaign contributions and nearly $2 million during the 2022 election cycle.

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“Like the results of our neck and neck polls, our first quarter fundraising is another sign that this campaign is gaining momentum to win,” Mathis said last month. “As Ashley Hinson’s campaign continues to burn through cash, our team is focused on building a long-term campaign.”

The Mathis campaign did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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