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Pork exec gives $25K to Iowa governor; company got virus aid

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An owner of a large pork production company that disproportionately benefited from an Iowa coronavirus aid program donated $25,000 to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ campaign last month.

Mary Ann Christensen is a board member of Christensen Farms, one of the nation’s largest family-owned pork producers. 

The $25,000 campaign donation she gave Reynolds was among the largest that Reynolds received in 2020 and far more than the $1,000 that Christensen gave the governor in 2017. 

Christensen Farms received $1.86 million in 2020 through the Iowa Disposal Assistance Program, which was 72% of the pandemic aid awarded in its first rounds. 

The program reimbursed farmers who euthanized their hogs after COVID-19 disrupted their supply chain.

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