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Let's take a look today at financial issues involving public money and the public's trust. You will recall my earlier post about financial news in Iowa.
I'd never visited the website for Iowa's State Auditor so when I saw the number of reports online I was frankly impressed. This is one state official that is working for what they get paid. Question to be answered is whether they are overworked and underpaid?
In other financial news the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division is being accused of misspending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on artwork, leather chairs, bicycles, a camper, high-definition televisions and other items during a four year period. Hmmmm.... I wish Barbara and I could buy those through the Lombardi Law Firm or our commercial real estate business. The IABD is also under review for questionable practices having to do with bidding out work for office renovations. If this is the office I tried to locate it's in a building with no sign and seems to be hiding from the general public or at least attempting to stay under the public's radar screen. Governor Culver's office could do well to investigate how this office is being run. I'd start with a visit, assuming his office can find the building.
To read the kCCI story follow this link. The audit report from the Office Of Auditor of State, State of Iowa is available and we will provide a copy of the same on the Lombardi Law Firm website. In fact you access all current audit reports of interest on the State of Iowa - Auditor site. I'm going to cover this in another blog post.
Well here is a list of the most recent auditor reports from the Office of Auditor that you may find of interest. The public trust is always involved when someone has discretion over spending public funds.
The Office of Auditor of State has issued the following Special Reports during the last year:
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