According to the charges, Swallow financially benefited from a fundraising effort with Timothy and Jennifer Bell, who were involved in a lawsuit with Bank of America. The Bells hosted a fundraiser for Swallow's 2012 attorney general campaign that cost $28,000 to put on but that he reported on campaign finance disclosures as a $15,000 in-kind donation and later a $1,000 donation, the charges state.
Johnson claims Swallow helped broker a deal to bribe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., as part of a plan to derail a federal investigation into Johnson's Internet marketing company.
Johnson and an associate paid Richard M. Rawle $250,000. He hired lobbyists, but the FTC filed a complaint against Johnson and his company before they could do much on Johnson's behalf.
Rawle also initially paid Swallow $23,500 for consulting work on a Nevada cement plant project in 2010 and 2011 out of that money. Swallow later sent the checks back and asked Rawle to pay him from a different account.
Investigators allege Swallow created invoices and day planner entries to reflect that work after meeting with Johnson. On Jan. 24, 2011, Swallow jotted down that he had done 12 hours of "cement work." On the same day, he put down 12 hours of work on his attorney general's office timecard, according to the House committee.
According to the charges, Shurtleff and Swallow told Internet marketer Jonathan Eborn that contributing to Shurtleff's election campaign would benefit him if he were investigated. Eborn, who owned Infusion Media, subsequently donated $30,000.
The charges also say Shurtleff benefited from the role he played in the state's litigation with Bank of America to obtain settlements for Utahns who had lost their homes in the mortgage crisis.
Shurtleff pulled the state out of the case as one of his last acts in office in December 2012 and then went to work for Troutman Sanders, an international law firm that holds Bank of America as a major client.
Gill said Shurtleff dropped the case while negotiating with Troutman Sanders for a job. Shurtleff quit the firm about six months later.
Contributing: Pat Reavy, Lisa Riley Roche
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