"When there's that kind of money floating around in political campaigns, you're asking for trouble," he said.
Mickelsen, a former congresswoman, said one person or their associates shouldn't be allowed to give that much to a candidate.
"Do I believe they pick up the phone call from the $200,000 donor before the $200 donor? Yes, I do," she said. "We need to level the playing field so the people of this state feel like there's not such a huge chasm between citizens and the people who are putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into somebody's career."
Both Mickelsen and Dabakis said this is a time for the public to demand the Utah Legislature fix the problems.
"Maybe something good can come from this whole mess," Dabakis said.
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