The current role of the State Board of Elections as a key enforcer of corruption laws began in April 1998.
The board was investigating allegations involving disputes between hog farmers and the Republican leadership that controlled the state House at the time.
Famers accused Republicans of using the threat of industry regulations to whip up campaign contributions. The board was also investigating whether an organization for farmers had operated as a political action committee without registering.
The Board cleared then-House Speaker Harold Brubaker of any wrong-doing. The hearing was notable for a successful stand the board took against witnesses who refused to show up.
A poultry magnate, Marvin Johnson told the board to "kiss my..." The board directed state law enforcement agents to arrest anyone who wouldn't cooperate. The witnesses decided to show up.