Former Des Moines U.S. Attorney Joins Campaign
By Hsiang-Ching Tseng | February 26, 2022 12:22 pm

Matthew Whitaker (DOJ)

Former Southern District of Iowa U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker will serve as chairman of Dave Jamison’s campaign  for Iowa state treasurer, IowaPolitics.com reported Friday.

“Iowa needs a watchdog and protector of taxpayer dollars, and that is why I’m supporting Dave Jamison for State Treasurer,” Whitaker said in a news release. Jamison added: “As U.S. Attorney, Matt was a government watchdog and worked tirelessly to protect taxpayer dollars. He will be a great asset to my team and I’m proud to have him on board.”

Jamison has been treasurer of Story County for 15 years and is a long-time GOP activist. He is running for the Republican nomination to face 28-year incumbent Michael Fitzgerald.

Whitaker was the top federal prosecutor in the Des Moines-based district from 2004 until last November. Whitaker, a George W. Bush appointee, was succeeded by Des Moines lawyer Nick Klinefeldt, President Barack Obama’s nominee who was confirmed by the Senate last November.

Among the most significant prosecutions handled by Whitaker’s office during his tenure were a child pornography investigation called Operation Wirebreaker and the conviction of 30 people in an immigration and identity theft case, he told the Associated Press last year. He also told the news wire he planed to practice law in Des Moines after leaving office.

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