Big campaign group gets involved in tiny Iowa race

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — No election may be too small for the independent political groups vying for influence in the United States.  

That’s the impression some people in Coralville, Iowa, have gotten since Americans for Prosperity jumped into their municipal election and turned it into a referendum on government spending.

Residents in the community of 19,000 say they’ve never seen such an outside effort in a local vote.

AFP has targeted residents with home visits, phone calls and mailings calling the city’s $280 million debt a crisis. One flier hitting mailboxes this week says Coralville is on its way to becoming bankrupt like Detroit.

A spokesman for the political group’s Iowa affiliate, which was created last year, say even local elections are fair game for such ad campaigns if fiscal issues are at stake.

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