Questions Swirl Around Anti-Gay Group’s Use Of Federal Funds

The American Independent reports today that questions still remain as to how the Iowa Family Policy Center, now part of the FAMiLY LEADER, may have misused federal taxpayer money to fight marriage equality in Iowa. IFPC received grants from the Department of Health & Human Services to fund marriage counseling (which was only available to opposite-sex couples), but then used that money in its 2009 campaign to oust three state Supreme Court judges who had ruled to overturn of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Details are fuzzy, but it seems that over $192,000 of the counseling grant paid for various staff salaries, as well as telephone, Internet, and rent for the facilities used to advocate against the judges.