Better Utah Urges Caution in Response to Senator Lee’s Running for Position of Power [UPH Wire]

*PRESS RELEASE*
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2016*
*CONTACT: Josh Kanter, Alliance for a Better Utah*
*(801) 893-2281 <%28801%29%20893-2281>│ josh@betterutah.org
<josh@betterutah.org>*
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*Better Utah Urges Caution in Response to Senator Lee’s Running for
Position of Power*
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Salt Lake City – Responding to the news that Senator Mike Lee (R – Utah) is
running to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee,
the fourth-highest position in the Senate with the responsibility of
helping craft the Republican Party’s policy agenda, the Alliance for a
Better Utah announced that a part of its June 2014 Federal Election
Commission complaint against Senator Lee has been dismissed by the FEC.
In June 2014, the Alliance for a Better Utah submitted a complaint to the
Federal Election Commission alleging violations of federal campaign finance
laws by Senator Lee and others. One of the allegations was that Senator Lee
had received a prohibited national bank contribution when J.P. Morgan Chase
approved the short sale of a $400,000 home and then waived the balance that
he still owed on his mortgage. After an extensive investigation, the
Commission determined last month that these actions, however questionable,
did not amount to a campaign finance violation.
A copy of the FEC report can be found here

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“While the FEC found no wrongdoing by Lee or the bank, it remains clear
that Lee received a $400,000 benefit by walking away from his mortgage
obligation on his Alpine home,” said Josh Kanter, Founder and Board
President of the Alliance for a Better Utah. “The question really is, even
if not a campaign finance violation, why should Senator Lee benefit from
such debt forgiveness when thousands of his fellow Utahns and millions of
Americans face judgments and collection actions for their mortgage
balances?” continued Kanter.
Kanter continued, “Mike Lee says that the country must live like an
American family, yet he doesn’t want to play by the same rules. Since being
elected, Senator Lee has shown that his leadership model consists primarily
of obstructionism – even resulting in the infamous 2013 shutdown of the
federal government. Utahns expect their leaders to lead by example. Better
Utah questions whether Senator Lee has demonstrated the responsibility
Utahns would expect from the Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy
Committee.”
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