UPDATED: GOP Candidate For State Auditor Says State Government Should Get Out Of The Booze Business

Statewide Iowa — The Republican running for state auditor says he blew the whistle on profiteering in a state agency, but State Auditor Rob Sand’s office hasn’t launched an investigation.

Todd Halbur, the former chief financial officer of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, sued the State of Iowa after he was fired in 2018.

Shortly after Halbur sued the Reynolds Administration in 2019, a spokesman for the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division called Halbur’s allegations untrue. Private companies manage the sale of beer and wine to Iowa retailers, restaurants and bars, but the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division is the wholesaler for liquor.

Halbur made his comments on the Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. Sand’s campaign manager says Halbur had a record of mishandling taxpayers’ money, but misstating asset values by hundreds of thousands of dollars three years in a row at the Alcoholic Beverages Division. If Halbur believes the state should have ended its wholesale liquor system, Sand’s campaign manager says Halbur should have been lobbying the Republican governor and Republicans who’ve been in charge of the legislature.



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