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Liz Mathis, Iowa State Senator and Democratic House candidate supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, used her position in state government to help several clients of a company marketing tool her husband owned until December 2021, months after he announced she was running for the United States House of Representatives.
Mathis claimed for a decade to co-own AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising, which she called a “family business,” but the company disputed the state senator’s claim that she had previously co-owned or owner of the “family business” in an email. at Fox News Digital earlier this month. However, Mathis’ husband has co-owned AMPERAGE since its merger in 2014, and he was the co-founder of ME&V, one of the companies in the merger dating back to 1996.
As a State Senator, Mathis was involved with several AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising and ME&V clients, including Connect CR, Mercy Medical Center and Prospect Meadows.
In 2019, Mathis met with the city leadership of Cedar Rapids, Iowa to discuss “how the state can help partner with local projects” specifically Connect CR, a project to revitalize “the urban lake of Cedar and to build a pedestrian bridge / trail over the Rivière des Cèdres.”
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Between fiscal years 2018 and 2019, Connect CR paid AMPERAGE a total of $159,820 for production support and fundraising advice to reach its goal of $7 million, which Connect CR provided. outmoded.
A spokesperson for Connect CR told Fox News Digital that none of Connect CR’s funds at AMPERAGE came from public funds and claimed that the project’s connection to Mathis did not influence the direction of the funds.
The project provided a timeline of her work with AMPERAGE and said “Ms. Mathis has never been involved in any of Connect CR’s conversations or transactions with AMPERAGE or our efforts with AMPERAGE to raise private funds.”
“Furthermore, the decision to seek public (public) funds was made independently of AMPERAGE,” the spokesperson said. “They were not involved or advised in this grant application or the grant interview process. At this point, their work with ConnectCR was complete, as they were only engaged to assist with fundraising. from private donors.
Mathis’ campaign manager Anna Brichacek told Fox News Digital that Mathis “will never apologize for fighting for local projects like Connect CR, which sought to improve parks and outdoor spaces in Cedar Rapids for make our city an even better place to live.”
“This is nothing more than a desperate partisan attack by Ashley Hinson’s team attempting to mislead Iowa voters about Senator Mathis’ record and hijack the recent admission of Hinson that she is part of secret talks with Republicans in Washington considering cuts to Social Security,” Brichacek continued.
The Iowa Democrat’s Mathis campaign defense echoes what they said last summer in response to a Fox News Digital report that showed Mathis had rallied $2.5 million in support from tax breaks for Prospect Meadows, an Iowa-based nonprofit that paid her husband’s marketing company nearly $150,000 for consulting services.
While repeatedly touting Prospect Meadows as a state senator, it doesn’t appear that Mathis revealed to the public that Prospect Meadows was a client of the marketing company her husband owned at the time.
As a member of the Health Care Policy Legislative Oversight Committee, Mathis also helped lead the 2015 fight against Medicaid privatization and was one of three Democratic state senators urging federal officials to “reject or delay” efforts to privatize Medicaid. Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, among other health care groups, has also expressed opposition to the privatization of Medicaid.
Between July 2015 and June 2016, Mercy Medical Center paid $875,660 to AMPERAGE for a “marketing consultation” according to its fiscal year 2016 tax documents.
“As an independent, nonprofit hospital, none of the funds were state money,” a Mercy Medical Center spokesperson said in response to questions from Fox News Digital. “Mercy has no unique connection to Ms. Mathis other than the fact that she is the representative of the State Senate of the region, so no, there was no connection or influence related to Ms. Mathis and these funds.”
“Mercy’s current advertising agency is Amperage. However, prior to that, for over 20 years, Mercy was a client of Henry Russel Bruce (HRB), another local advertising agency,” the spokesperson continued. “HRB merged with ME&V to become Amperage in 2014. Mercy’s account was simply moved as part of the transition and is not related to any effort or relationship with Liz Mathis.”
The Mathis campaign defended its push against the privatization of Medicaid in 2015, calling it a “watchdog.”
“In this case, Liz was proudly doing what she became known for: serving as a watchdog to protect Iowa’s Medicaid system — raising concerns shared by independent federal regulators,” the Mathis campaign said in an e-mail. e-mail to Fox News Digital. “She will do the same job in Congress, working to hold Democratic or Republican administrations accountable.”
“Additionally, the majority of funds going to Amperage are simply pass-through costs, which are then paid out to various media outlets as Amperage coordinates our ad placements,” the Mercy spokesperson said.
“It would be a misrepresentation to imply that those dollars went to and benefited Amperage,” the spokesperson continued.
AMPERAGE President and CEO Bryan Earnest, who donated at least $1,000 to the Mathis’ House campaign through ActBlue, told Fox News Digital in an email Monday that “Our employees and our delivery story[ing] outstanding results for our clients is how we have won contracts.”
“As we’ve said before, Liz was not an owner and had no role in our work or official business,” Earnest added.
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced in March that Mathis was one of its top candidates for the “Red to Blue” program. In addition to DCCC support, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, PAC leadership make a donation $5,000 to Mathis’ campaign in March. She also received endorsements many candidates and legislators statewide in Iowa.
Mathis is a former Iowa news anchor and served as a “project coordinator” between 2008 and 2021 for Four Oaks, which Mathis describes as “one of the largest child welfare agencies in the state.” on his Linkedin profile. Mathis announced last summer 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.
After falsely claiming for a decade that she was a “co-owner” and “owner” of a “family business,” Mathis went into defense mode, telling local media that “like many Iowans, my husband ran a small family business; and like many spouses, I experienced the stress and responsibility that came with it.”
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