Iowa Democrats accuse auditor of ethics violation

DES MOINES – The Iowa Democratic Party on Tuesday accused the newly appointed Republican state auditor of ethical violations.

Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Troy Price sent a letter to the Iowa Campaign Ethics and Disclosure Board alleging that State Auditor Mary Mosiman misused campaign funds.

Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Mosiman on Monday to fill a seat vacated after former Auditor David Vaudt resigned to head a national nonprofit accounting board. She has said she will run for a full term in 2014.

Price provided records showing that Mosiman used more than $1,000 in from her campaign account to pay for training sessions and reimburse herself for travel costs in 2012.

That was after she resigned her elected position as Story County auditor in 2011 and went to work for the secretary of state.

Price argued that because Mosiman was not running for office that year, she was using those funds for personal reasons, which he said would violate state law.

The Iowa Code says campaign funds cannot be used for personal expenses or personal benefits.