Iowa Supreme Court takes appeal of governor jet ride case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court will take an appeal of an Iowa attorney who challenged a 2017 flight Gov. Kim Reynolds and her family took on a private jet to a football game in Memphis, Tennessee.

Gary Dickey filed a complaint with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board in September 2018, alleging the $2,880 claimed for four seats on the jet in campaign documents underestimated the flight’s value.

The board dismissed his complaint, saying the estimate was reasonable.

Dickey appealed and a district court judge in December 2018 dismissed his challenge.

Dickey says in his appeal to the Supreme Court that Iowa campaign finance laws guarantee citizens accurate information and the court should establish a citizen’s right to challenge reports when they’re false.

The board’s lawyer argued the board and district judge didn’t err in their decisions and an appeal should be denied.

Chief Justice Mark Cady said in an order filed Wednesday that the court would take Dickey’s appeal but will base a decision on documents already filed so no further briefs or oral arguments will be accepted.

Reynolds attended the Liberty Bowl to watch Iowa State play Memphis.