State Sen. Liz Mathis’s family consulting business, AMPERAGE (formerly ME&V), has become a major point of contention as she seeks to unseat first-term Rep. Ashley Hinson.
Fox News previously reported Mathis used her official position as a state senator to secure millions of dollars in tax breaks for a client of AMPERAGE. Fox News also reported Mathis used her position in state government to help clients of her family business in other ways.
Now, Iowa Field Report has exclusively obtained tax filings showing Mathis’ family business billed millions of dollars to Wartburg College while Mathis sat on the board of the college.
Every year since Mathis joined the board, the college has paid her business hundreds of thousands of dollars for “Marketing Consulting” AND “Marketing and Advertising.” As of 2019, the most recent filing available, Wartburg paid AMPERAGE/ME&V over $4 million.
These disclosures raise questions as to why the college was paying Mathis’ family business so much. They also open Mathis up to questions about whether Mathis used her position on the Board of Regents to steer money from the college to her family business.
Field Report will update with comments from Mathis if/when she provides one.
FURTHER READING: DMR Giving Liz Mathis A Pass