Story County campaign finance reports show lopsided funding

October campaign finance ethics disclosure reports show an interesting pattern in Story County.

A newcomer candidate has blown all others out of the water in fundraising, bringing in even more than the county political parties.

And a Utah mobile home park company known for buying parks around the country, including Iowa, and then raising rental prices, has been funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into an Ames-based political action committee. The PAC’s lobbying effort has been to keep mobile home park resident protection laws out of the Iowa Legislature.

This year’s Legislature passed a bill that Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law that offers slight protections to mobile home park residents.

All campaign finance reports, unless otherwise noted, cover the period of July 15 to Oct. 14, filed with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board.

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A new face brings old money

Republican Kara Warme is running for one of the two open county Supervisor seats. This is her first attempt at running for an elected seat.

Finance record reports show Warme raised $30,530 from a long list of longtime local business leaders and elected officials and their family members.

The campaign finance reporting don’t list a campaign committee chairperson for Warme. Its treasurer is Amanda McClure of Ames.

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