The way the story was written makes Valcarce out to be a bad guy because he
donated money. Jowers flashed the money around, taking credit for the donation.
It is unethical at best, criminal at worst.
Re TRUTH:Bowers[sic] (That's Jowers) did not make the donation in
his own name and he didn't "steal" the money. Like all universities,
there are a lot of scholarships that have a name attached to them. Examples
include past and present Hinckley Directors and staff (Dan Jones, Jowers, etc).
The article is not about whether Jowers pretended the donation was from himself,
its whether the donation was used per Valcarce's wishes. The irony is that
whether the donation is called a "Rob Bishop" scholarship or a
"Kirk Jowers" scholarship, it will be used for the same purpose: to
help students of merit go to DC or take a semester off to work on a campaign.
Valarce knows this but he didn't want to make the donation in the first place.
He only did because the IRS was breathing down his neck! I believe that he has
a bone to pick, possibly for political reasons and he is trying to get the most
political mileage out of his money, rather than use it to help students.Its Valcarce's insincere donation that has tainted the U, not the way it
was allegedly used.
To those saying Jowers should not be involved in politics: the Polic Sci
Department addressed this when Jowers stated he was supporting Mitt Romney in
'08: they WANT the Hinckley Director to be involved in Politics! Ted Wilson
and other past directors (mostly Democrats) were always openly political.
Student interns go to Washington and learn how the process works, and YES they
work for partisan campaigns on both sides. That's the whole point.Jowers has done an excellent job and having a scholarship in his, Eric
Wright's or Rob Bishop's name only benefits the students, not the person named.
The Hinckley Institute has scholarships in dozens of names but they all serve
the same purpose. Valcarce is just trying to give Jowers a black eye. The sad
thing is Valcarce only donated the money because his foundation was in trouble
for not being used for a charitable purpose. Sounds like he still wishes he
had it back!
I have known Peter Valcarce for a long time and to say that he isn't involved in
Utah politics is absurd. He has been on the scene with local politics for many
years in many local races. I haven't talked to him for a long time and I had no
idea that he was doing so well. Good for him. It's too bad about this dust up
between two Republicans.
Based on the article I would much rather believe Mr. Jowers than Mr. Valcarce.
The Hinckley Institute of Politics is nonpartisan, by its' roots, in nature.
Ted Wilson used to be the director of the institute, an avowed Democrat. So why
bring up the issue of this being political when it isn't? I hope the petition
process being sought by Mr. Jowers comes through. Then we can truly open up the
voting process to all candidates and end the caucus system.
Saying he didn't use Valcarce's money which is co-mingled with the same fund in
question is a rediculous measure on the part of Jowers....If Jowers
wants to make a donations in his own name...then make it with his own
money.....not with Vacarce's money and claiming it as his own....Hasn't this State had enough Bernie Madoff characters for one
century....Bowers should resign in shame!
Valcarce is definitely political and pushing the IRS rules and he knew it when
notified by the IRS. I don't believe that anyone has Mr. Jowers is dishonest
and he stated he made a donation for the son of Doug Wright who worked for the
Hinckley foundation, one of Jowers' workers, who died on the job. Mr. Jowers
stated he didn't use any of the Valcarce money for the Wright fund, so you have
to believe him. Dr. Jowers, as the now director of a political foundation, of
course has to be political. He discusses both sides of the issue. Mr. Valcarce
must have a reason to come forward and make himself know to the public, at this
time and make a spectacle of himself and not just Dr. Jowers. The University of
Utah does a lot of good for the State of Utah, the public and of course the
University itself with great and honorable professors, associates and
contributors. Remember not to throw the first stone as it may come back as a
boomerang. There is competition between the U and BYU, which is good, but it
should not be divisive and including good people we should thank.
Don't donate money to the U. Problem solved. Give it to BYU I.
Mr. Jowers should not have claimed the Valcarce money as his own, period.
A political operative that makes 30% of his companies money by getting
government money (franking dollars) (remmeber I am sure he fights for smaller
gov.) and makes no donations from his NP foundation then says he has no politcal
motives in what he is doing- hmmmmm if it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck,
acts like a duck- I suspect it is a duck- it amazes me at how petty some on each
end of the political spectrum can be- of course they have what is best for
American and you as their primary goal- and we wonder why people are camoing out
in parks right now in protest
I know Kirk Jowers (not real well) and like him, but I agree he is too
political-- and too ambitious. He seems more concerned about where he is going
and who he knows.I don't know the rules about anonymous donations,
but it seems misleading at best to take someone's money and put it in your own
I agree, Esquire. IMO, it is too easy to allow ego and ambition get in the way
of what is best for the organization. Jowers has plenty of both. It would be
better for the U and the Hinckley Institute if Jowers stepped aside and found
some other platform from which to follow his dream of elective office.
Is it any wonder why politics is so messed up in this country?
My issue with Jowers is that he is involved in partisan politics, and in his
role at the U., he should not be. It undermines his credibility.
"Jowers enraged some Utah conservatives when he proposed opening the
party's caucus process to allow more voter participation." What a crazy
idea open up the process to encourage more participation. No wonder the
republican machine in Utah has a problem with Jowers.
Kirk Jowers has repeatedly spoken out in favor of reforms that would give the
average Utahn a larger voice in Utah politics, and I really respect him for
that. It's not surprising that GOP power brokers don't want changes to our
present system, because it gives a handful of people a tremendous amount of
power, and we've seen them succeed in using that power to accomplish things that
the majority of Utahns oppose, like preventing Olene Walker or Bob Bennett from
advancing to their respective primary elections, pushing school vouchers to the
detriment of our already underfunded public schools, or creating glaring
exceptions to GRAMA before the public even had time to review the
legislation.I hope Jowers will continue to be a voice of reason and
not let a handful of influential GOP members push him around.
When a donation is made, such as this one. The donor is asked if they want to
have an endowment in their name or how they ant to allocate.The
important thing is: if there is no allocation request made, the paper you sign
with the School with the donation, you give the school or department permission
to allocate based on their needs. It sounds like Mr. Valcrese did
this after the fact.To Fix this all he would have had to do is call
the President of the University, or the Central Development Office.Problem Solved.I agree this is a GOP reminder to stay in line to
The University of Utah seems to have a passion for quirky accounting practices
and bouncing money around so it is nearly impossible to keep track of where it
came from and what it was used for.The U spend hundreds of thousands
of dollars fighting the state laws which clearly prohibited them from making
their own gun laws, and lost that battle after several years. They claimed that
the money they wasted on that came from some stash of money, not state
appropriations.There should be a total audit of the entire handling
of all funds at the University, public appropriations, student tuitions and
fees, grants, contriubtions, fund raising, athletic programs. Every
dime that passes through the University's hands should be accounted for, and
verified.Frankly, I do not trust the high paid adminstration at the
What ridiculous accusations by Valcarce. Jowers had a strong reputation before,
and independent of, any scholarship fund. Of course, this will likely be latched
onto by those who benefit from Utah GOP's process that ensures the party keeps
moving farther and farther to the right.