- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa is standing by its decision to keep secret the findings of polls conducted under a controversial no-bid contract.

The school told the Iowa Freedom of Information Council in a letter Friday that the data was used to attract students and employees and would “serve no public purpose” if released.

UI General Counsel Carroll Reasoner says that if others want to know how Iowans perceive the university, “they can conduct their own polling.”

The university spent $320,000 on no-bid contracts with a firm owned by Republican Party insider Matt Strawn. The polls were conducted by another GOP-linked subcontractor.

Freedom of Information Council executive director Randy Evans says it’s troubling that UI doesn’t “think the people have a right to see what the university got for its money.”

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