Citizens United And Huckabee Target Iowans In Robocalls To Oust Judges

11/01/2010 12:47 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • TylerKingkade Senior political reporter at the Iowa State Daily

Citizens United Political Action Committee is targeting 250,000 potential Iowa voters through robocalls using Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to urge citizens to vote against the retention of three Iowa Supreme Court justices.

The justices are targeted by several conservative groups including the American Family Association, the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council and Concerned Women of America who collectively have already spent more than $711,000 in efforts to urge Iowans against retention.

Last week they embarked on a statewide bus tour across Iowa featuring Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), RNC member Kim Lehman and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) as speakers.

The three justices were part of an April 2009 unanimous decision to overturn the 1998 Iowa Defense of Marriage Act, co-authored by King, which limited marriage to be between one man-one woman.

Citizens United spent $18,000 on the phone messages.

Script of the robocall:

Hi this is Mike Huckabee and I'm calling for Citizens United Political Victory Fund urging you to vote "NO" on retaining Chief Justice Marsha Ternus...Justices David Baker and Michael Streit this coming Tuesday. The last thing this country and especially Iowans need are activist judges who put their own self interests ahead of the common good. Most Iowans and really a majority of Americans agree that marriage is a sacred vow between 1 man and 1 woman. That's why these Justices should not be retained--and why I am urging to vote no on their retention! Thanks for your time and God Bless!

If you would like to be removed from our calling list please call 866-635-8661. Paid for by Citizens United Political Victory Fund

Huckabee, a former 2008 presidential candidate, endorsed Bob Vander Plaats. who ran unsuccessfully for Republican nomination for governor the third time in 2010.

Polling currently puts the retention of the three justices as a toss-up, although there is a slight tilt toward giving the justices the boot, while 41 percent say they will likely not vote on this issue.

Several groups have formed featuring prominent Republicans in Iowa who are speaking out in favor of retention, although they are not nearly spending as much money.