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Branstad aides Bailey and Gross helped DeCoster

Posted on Tuesday, September 14 at 5:10pm

During the debate in Sioux City Governor Culver talked about how Terry branstad's former economic development chief, Jack Bailey, helped 'wine and dine' Jack DeCoster to bring him to Iowa and how Branstad campaign advisor Doug Grosswas his lawyer.

Here are the facts:

Former Branstad Chief of Staff Doug Gross Represented DeCoster Before the Hardin County Supervisors. The Des Moines Register reported in September 2002 that “During the Republican primary, one of Gross' opponents, state Rep. Steve Sukup, tried to link Gross to A.J. "Jack" DeCoster, a major hog producer with a record of environmental violations. The controversy was fanned by the minutes of a 1990 Hardin County Board of Supervisors meeting that identified Gross as DeCoster's legal representative. Gross maintained that the minutes were in error, that he was actually representing Alden Feed Services when plans for a hog confinement were being considered. The county attorney launched an investigation last spring, but about two weeks before the supervisors were to decide whether to amend the 1990 minutes, Gross withdrew his request to correct the records. He said he didn't want to get Hardin supervisors embroiled in the political debate. Gross took the action as minutes from a separate zoning commission meeting that same year emerged that identified a member of Gross' law firm as representing DeCoster's project. Gross said his colleague was representing Alden Feed Services, a feed mill that wanted to supply food for the hogs, at that meeting.Critics said the evidence showed Gross' firm was clearly advocating for DeCoster, since no one else appears to have been representing DeCoster at the meetings.” [Des Moines Register, 9/22/2002]

Former Branstad Economic Development Director Helped Bring DeCoster to Iowa.
The Des Moines Register reported in October 1996 that “Jack Bailey, director of the Iowa Area Development Group, showed DeCoster around north-central Iowa in 1987 after DeCoster called Bailey and said he wanted to take a look. ‘DeCoster is known as a real s.o.b.,’ Bailey said, ‘but I say, no, he's a hard-nosed businessman. People say he hasn't paid his bills, but I haven't found anybody he hasn't paid. He does not tolerate shoddy work. If it's not done right, he's not going to pay you.’” [Des Moines Register, 10/6/1996]

Jack Bailey was the Director of Economic Development during much of the eighties.
[Des Moines Register, 2/2/2005]

During a campaign stop in Marshalltown in July 2010 Branstad said Iowa needs more economic development officials like Jack Bailey. [Video of Branstad Campaign Event in Marshalltown, 7/7/2010]

Branstad Administration Assisted Egg Companies, Including Possibly DeCoster, in Starting Up in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reported in July 1991 that “Near Dows, the new 1.4 million-hen plant is owned by A.J. "Jack" DeCoster of Turner, Maine, whose business ranks sixth in the nation. It's leased and run by Boomsma's Inc., an Iowa company since 1960 that ranks No. 44 in the nation […] Ostendorf and Prairiefire employee Alex Rhoads point out that much of the egg expansion has received federal, state and local grants before locating or expanding in Iowa. State loans and grants from the Community Economic Betterment Account are made to increase jobs, but Prairiefire says the egg companies do not meet their commitment […] In five years, seven companies that produce or process eggs in Iowa have received government grants, said Mike Miller, chief of the department's bureau of business grants and loans: $714,000 in CEBA money, $969,000 in federal grants for roads, sewers and public services, and $984,000 from local governments where CEBA grants were made.” [Des Moines Register, 7/7/1991]

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