Political spending by outside groups goes unmonitored

When it comes to telling voters who is spending money on political ads, Iowa fails. It got an “F” in a recent study on state disclosure policies for political spending by independent groups, or groups not connected to political candidates. Iowa was among 25 other states that received failing grades. This kind of anonymous spending threatens the transparency of elections, said Arthur Sanders, a political science professor at Drake University. If a group spends $10,000 on ads, voters have no way of knowing where the $10,000 came from.

Obama in Iowa City

With student Stafford loan interest rates on the verge of doubling, President Barack Obama entered the University of Iowa’s Field House today and urged students to appeal to Congress to extend the rate freeze before it jumps to 6.8 percent in July.