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A couple of Iowans in a House District expected to send a new Republican member to the Iowa House have reached out to The Iowa Standard expressing some heartburn at a promise made by Republican Josh Meggers during a campaign forum during the GOP primary.

The candidates were asked about the carbon pipeline projects and whether they support using eminent domain to build the private pipelines.


Josh Meggers, who won the nomination, said he supported the Hardin County Supervisors’ decision to oppose the use of eminent domain formally and said he is not in favor of eminent domain or compromising property rights.

While his words were an encouraging comfort to voters, a campaign finance report filed after the primary election shows there may be a conflict.

Meggers filed an in-kind contributions report on June 10 with one contribution:

$10,631.48 from Bruce Rastetter for campaign printing and mailing.

Rastetter is the CEO of Summit Carbon Solutions and was called the “Iowa agricultural heavyweight and the force” behind the carbon capture pipeline by The Des Moines Register.

The Iowa Standard reached out to Meggers on Sunday asking about his position on the project. Thus far we have not received a response.

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  1. He may have broken ethics standard as a State Employee with the State Patrol. Say one thing while accepting an in kind contribution, from a guy he says he will use eminent domain to achieve goals and disclosing it after election. I call those actions very much swamplike.

  2. At this point, Hardin county voters need to start a write in campaign, to deny the election to the lying RINO on their ballot, and elect the second place candidate. Lest they wake up one morning next Spring with bulldozers lined up at their property line to steal their land for Ratsetter’ benefit.


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