CMV promised to unleash an onslaught of media coverage labeling the Utah Legislature as something akin to jackbooted Nazis, invoking Godwin’s law all on their own.
Meanwhile, the other boot was about to drop.
In a press conference Friday, CMV’s opponents unloaded a pile of complaints, affidavits, recordings, photos, and at least one email, all in support of allegations that on behalf of CMV signature collectors had, repeatedly, violated Utah law.
Among other things, the complaint (find it embedded below) to Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox says:
- Corporate donors failed to file disclosures about their contributions, including seven companies that gave $10,000 to $25,000 each;
- Signature collectors are from other states, including Wyoming, thought Utah law requires they be Utah residents;
- At least one Utah public education employee placed signature packets in Washington County schools, then used school resources, email, and time to notify other school employees about it;
- CMV employees misrepresented the nature of the petition they sought signatures for, including one occasion where collectors said they were circulating a petition to stop lunches from being thrown away.
Do the complaints hold water?
It’s hard to say. In any respect, it’s a new tact for the CMV opponents, moving from questioning the policy CMV is pushing and dress the method of CMV’s signature collection.
Find the complaint below.