Who calls for James Evans to resign but not Justin Miller? Alliance for a Better Utah, that’s who.

You’d think that a bad time to engage in blatant hypocrisy would be right after you’ve been called out on it. Apparently, Alliance for a Better Utah just enjoys doing things differently. After the complete disaster that was Utah Republican Party State Chair James Evans embarrassing himself, the GOP, and the state of Utah on national TV with widely discredited tabloid conspiracy theories was enough for Better Utah to start demanding his resignation. To me, it’s just another cherry on top of the crap sundae of reasons why Evans has…

When do issues with political fundraising actually concern Alliance for a Better Utah?

Remember when Alliance for a Better Utah was a fighter for clean, ethical campaign fundraising? A quick look at their own website shows that they’ve spent a lot of bytes going after what they perceive to be campaign financing evils and violations. Heck, they even demanded a quick way to investigate any allegation of violating campaign finance laws. So given that Utah House Democrats stand accused of illegally fundraising at the Capitol, ABU should be all over this one like they were with Mike Lee’s home sale, right? Pfft, as…

The Mero Moment: Political Fundraising – May 16, 2016

Winston Churchill is credited with saying, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” Observing campaign finance policy today, he could just as easily say, “Current campaign finance law is the worst form of electioneering, except for all the others.” The Salt Lake Tribune recently ran stories about a fundraiser that Governor Gary Herbert hosted for his reelection campaign. As reported by an unnamed lobbyist, present at the fundraiser, Governor Herbert and his election team were eager, implicitly unethical, to raise money. Doubling down on the…

FEC files complaint against Jeremy Johnson for illegal donations to Mark Shurtleff, Mike Lee and Harry Reid

This is why we can’t have nice things. In a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint filed in federal court, Jeremy Johnson is in hot water again, charged with violating federal elections law in 2012 by using  illegal “straw donors” to funnel up to $170,000 candidates for the US Senate, Mark Shurtleff, Mike Lee, and Harry Reid. According to the FEC complaint, first posted by the Salt Lake Tribune, Johnson donated the money in “the hope that doing so would help protect Johnson’s business interests from federal prosecution.” Johnson donated approximately $100,000 to Shurtleff’s…