Money in Politics: The Wealthy Have Better Lawyers [Hub Debate]

Is it the voter’s responsibility to shift through the lies? Or is there a role for government in regulating speech and money in politics?   A recent editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune titled “Does Money Influence Politics? Oh Grow Up!” makes the argument that no amendment or regulation will keep those with money and power from exploiting any political process to amass more money and power.  The author, George Pyle, is 100% right.  He’s also right that it is we, the (sometimes) voting public, who have the responsibility of seeing…

Unknown Persons Send Fraudulent Mailers to LD 57

[UPDATE: 3:45 PM 4-10-2014] The Foundation for Government Accountability has filed an elections complaint.  Greene and Richardson have each issued statements condemning the letter. See below. Even with the John Swallow scandal barely in our rear view mirror, deceptive campaign practices in Utah continue. Utah county, where elections are decided at the Republican convention or primary, is already seeing dirty tricks. A letter with Foundation for Government Accountability (“FGA”) letterhead received by Republican County Delegates this week has been found to be fraudulent.  The letter purported to be from the…

Dark Money, From the NYT to Utah County

“Dark money” put Utah on the front page of the  New York Times. Utah found itself receiving prominent mention on the front page of the print edition of the New York Times for the recently released Utah House report on John Swallow. Calling it a “nightmare scenario,” the Times described “dark money” like this: A candidate colludes with wealthy corporate backers and promises to defend their interests if elected. The companies spend heavily to elect the candidate, but hide the money by funneling it through a nonprofit group. And the main…