The National Institute on Money in State Politics published a report this week that breaks down over a quarter-million dollars in campaign contributions received by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller from the finance, insurance, and real estate industries. The large sum is striking because Miller is leading the fifty-state attorneys general investigation of mortgage foreclosure irregularities, and because it is 88 times what he received from the industry in the previous year. Miller not only accepted money from bankers and consultants with ties to the mortgage industry, but even accepted substantial contributions from lawyers representing banks in their negotiations with Miller as part of the foreclosure investigation.

At least one activist group in Iowa has called on Miller to return the donations.