We also sought comment from the Romney campaign and the Iowa Campaign Ethics Disclosure Board. Megan Rooker with the Iowa Campaign Ethics Disclosure Board said they have no jurisdication over federal elections. If Helping Hands violated terms of its nonprofit status through its actions, that would be an issue for the Internal Revenue Service.
Siedler also indicated that two, maybe three people in Iowa, with the Obama campaign are allowed to go on record with the media, which is why Toovi could not comment. He is instructed to stick to the campaign's talking points when at an event, such as the one Monday at Helping Hands. Some of these talking points are getting people registered and promoting early voting for Barack Obama.
We'll continue to try to learn more about this for a full report in the upcoming print edition.