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State now has 14 bids for special counsel in Attorney General John Swallow probe

Published: Friday, June 21 2013 5:48 p.m. MDT

Utah Attorney General John Swallow speaks to the media after a Republican House Caucus meeting to discuss impeachment at the Capitol in Salt Lake City Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The state now has 14 bids for a special counsel to investigate election law violations alleged against Attorney General John Swallow after extending the deadline for proposals.

"I really hope in the next week or two, we have a decision made," said Mark Thomas, state elections director and Lt. Gov. Greg Bell's chief deputy.

Thomas said he, Bell and others will review the proposals.

Even after they choose, however, it could take another couple of weeks to finalize a contract before the state can turn over the information it has collected on the alleged violations, Thomas said.

The original June 7 deadline for submitting proposals was extended two weeks after the state only received two bids to investigate the remaining allegations from a complaint filed by the Alliance for a Better Utah in January.

The elections office had dismissed nine counts in the complaint but deemed three deserving of further investigation, allegations that Swallow failed to disclose his involvement in a consulting firm and that he made false and misleading statements about his financial condition on campaign disclosure forms.

— Lisa Riley Roche

Email: lisa@deseretnews.com

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