The State Auditor is supposed to be “The Taxpayers’ Watchdog.” There is one issue in the State Auditor’s race: whether you want to help wake up the watchdog by voting for Rob Sand.
The State Auditor is responsible for special investigations into suspected misuse of taxpayer money. After each investigation, the Auditor’s report is sent to the appropriate county attorney and to the Attorney General’s Office.
There, it almost always landed on Rob Sand’s desk. No one in Iowa has prosecuted more public corruption in the last decade than Rob.
He is running for State Auditor in part because he has worked closely with the office for years on public corruption issues and knows that the current Auditor refuses to build the right team for public corruption investigations. Because the Auditor’s Office has no one on staff with financial prosecution experience or law enforcement experience, basic mistakes are made that affect the ability to hold public officials accountable later. Just as a good football offense wouldn’t have a quarterback playing all 11 positions, the Auditor’s Office needs leadership that respects the perspective of law enforcement officials in investigations.
Iowa Code Chapter 11.4 requires that the Auditor, in every audit, say whether the body audited “is efficiently conducted, and if the maximum results for the money expended are obtained,” or “needlessly conflicts with or duplicates the work done by any other department.” The Auditor is also required by law to “include “any recommendations for greater simplicity, accuracy, efficiency, or economy in the operation of the business of the several departments and institutions.”
Unfortunately, this Auditor does not do this important work to ensure taxpayer dollars are not wasted.
Rob Sand will. He’s made a career of holding individuals accountable when they fail to follow the law. This campaign is about doing the same for the State Auditor.
In 2017, Iowa borrowed $160 for each Iowa voter just to pay its regular annual expenses. How the current Auditor justify calling this budget “balanced” and “responsible,” as she did? It is neither.
Rob Sand has a record of making serious legal determinations without regard to politics. He has prosecuted both Democrats and Republicans. As Auditor, he will continue to call put the public interest before ones political party, no matter which party is leading the state.