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  • Contributions and Contracts
    by Anna Thompson, Utah Democratic Party
    Published - 08/07/13 - 01:21 PM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) - Three years after the massive UDOT “pay to play” scandal, Governor Herbert has found himself again answering questions about possible political motivations on a state contract. This time, the Utah Department of Health has awarded a $700,000 anti-tobacco campaign contract to a Nevada firm whose principal partner is Herbert’s advisor and confidant, and whose previous high profile contracts include a successful Nevada initiative to weaken smoking-related provisions of the Clean Air Act in the state. Utah Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis responded Wednesday;

    “It is not illegal for the governor's confidant and friend to get a $700,000 contract. While other states may have disqualified the governor's friend's Nevada firm, Utah has not. Legal or not, given the current situation, our elected officials, particularly those in the executive branch, must be extra-vigilant to avoid even the appearance of corruption.”

    “We call upon the governor to become a loud cheerleader for Representative Brian King's bill to put a $10,000 contribution limit on statewide offices. It sends the right message at the right moment. We also call upon Governor Herbert, in light of the events of the past eight months, to end his cash machine Governor's Gala pipeline, which allows hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions from companies who hold or bid for state contracts. When checks of $10,000, $50,000 or $80,000 are contributed to the governor by people doing business with the state, the potential for impropriety, actual or perceived, is high. The federal government prohibits any campaign contributions from companies doing business with the government, and common sense says the state should as well.”

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