‘HUSH MONEY': Hatch Demands Investigation

State Senator Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat and gubernatorial candidate, wants an independent investigation into nearly $500,000 paid to dismissed state workers.

Hatch made his call Monday morning.

“There were a few people who have ignited and initiated this whole process, that approved and said it was ok. To pay employees who were being laid off, not for positions that they were not qualified for. They were laid off and to keep them quiet. They paid hush money. They actually paid them additional dollars to keep the settlement confidential,” Hatch said.

Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll denied the state offered dismissed workers any additional money to keep quiet.

Hatch recommended a certified public accountant should look at how the departments paid out the money and what the source of that money was. Governor Terry Branstad has said departments used money from existing budgets and that ultimately the reduced number of workers saves taxpayers money. Hatch didn’t offer a more specific recommendation for whom should carry out the review.

The governor has said the state auditor will review spending by departments. Hatch said that since the governor originally appointed Republican Mary Mosiman to the position, she may not be impartial in her reviews.

Meanwhile, Bransad repeated his public support for Carroll and said he believes Carroll is telling the truth that no workers received any additional payments in exchange for not talking publicly. He said, “I specifically asked Director Carroll about this matter and he assumed to me that was not true.”

A legislative oversight committee is already looking into the source of the confidential agreements. Hatch is not a member of that committee.

18 comments

  • William Denison

    In this corner weighing in at a cool 150 lbs…..Jack “The Russell Terrier” Hatch!!!
    In the opposite corner weighing in at a no so trim 190 lbs…..Terry “Droopy Dog” Branstad. Gentlemen there will be no hair pulling…
    Ding Ding Ding!!!

  • Coffee Pot

    What a way to run for governor. It’s over already, drop it. Even the Democrats paid this stuff. How about running for something you stand for. Like your gay marriage, open borders etc.

    • William Denison

      All I can think of is the song sang by Karen Carpenter. “We’ve only just begun.” Very pretty song :)

    • Troy Hendrickson

      I’m sure a partisan would like to believe that.

      Too bad we now know for a fact the director lied, and there never has been any reason to believe Branstad.

      We’ve also now seen now how Vilsack and Culver may have engaged in the same kind of schemes, but from the numbers reported, it would appear that the settlements that occured under Vilsack and Culver combined or nowhere near the amounts Branstads cabal has under it’s belt.

      The real danger here of course is that in our desire to rid ourselves of one lying hypocrite, we’ll just elect another one to replace him, and Hatch certainly hasn;t done anything I can see that would make him any better a governor than Branstad.

  • Mike Cee

    I guess Hatch needs to grasp at all possible straws in order to get his face in front of the media. He’s irrelevant as a state senator, and irrelevant so far as a candidate.

    Hatch is a typical politician-throwing everything against a wall and hoping something sticks. Most Iowans (with the exception of those living in a marijuana fog) are able to see right through Hatch and know that he’d return us to the failed liberal policies that nearly put Iowa into bankruptcy during the Culver administration.

    • William Denison

      Oh i see now people who want med cannabis in this state are running around doing the Reefer Madness thing. Really?? Let me tell you something about that movie.In that film folks smoked and then ran around crazy, rolling on the floor,eyes rolling up in their heads,arms flailing in the air so on and so on…..Oh my bad I was thinking about the folks at my church.

  • Mike

    Jack had better dig up more than this against Terry soon or he is going to have to write his campaign another big check!

    • William Denison

      Got a feeling the more people learn about how braindead and big bird are ruining this state money will not be a proplem for Jack Hatch.

  • Hugo S. LaVia

    Whoever wins the election, I want a governor who doesn’t shake like he’s got Parkinson’s. Oops, I guess that eliminates Terry.

    • William Denison

      Lets say Braindead really does have Parkinsons. Med cannabis would help the very man whos so strongly against. WOW! That would really be something.

  • John

    Hugo your an @$$ are you saying that people with illinesses cannot hold office or contibute. Next you will post that people with cancer or heat disease cannot hold office because of your small outlook on life. I would rather read Willie’s post. He has a agenda as a troll but at least he is not posting hate..

  • John

    Hatch is a idiot.. He want to spend taxpayer money on a topic we are all aware of and the House is already addressing. Anything for more camera time. I was laughing the other day when Harkin Hatch and Braley were in Des moines talkiing about the minimum wage. You could see Harkin cringing at the photo op knowing he was getting nothing from it but riducule. Reminded me of the old 3 stooges gage of Dewey, Cheetem and Howe. One is in desperate need of press, the other wants to lay low until the Texas panhandling story dies down and the other is Harkin.

      • William Denison

        I still don’t get the whole troll thing. I’m a American just like you. The British would of called any one of our founding fathers trolls if ya think about it.

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