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Published: Thursday, June 5 2014 4:31 p.m. MDT

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Monk
Pleasant Grove, UT

Another article from today said Lee saw the Pope. Maybe he can ask him for repentance.

sg
newhall, CA

I suppose the illegal contributions made to Obama's first election and second election don't count? No one seems to have cared enough to make a big stink about all the irregularities in his campaign not to mention the voter fraud that occurred when illegals and others voted multiple times. How about those districts in the battleground states that reported over 100% cast votes all for Obama and not one for Romney? Luck or corruption. And why is this businessman now coming forward with his claims? What's in it for him and why didn't he refuse to comply? Sorry, but this businessman is just as guilty and should be held accountable for his actions. Aren't we all just plain tired with the status quo of state and federal politics and campaigning? The best way to avoid this is by setting a ceiling amount that any candidate can spend from local politics to federal. It's about time we stop the wasteful spending we do on campaigns. $1 billion dollars was spent on the last presidential election and what did it get us? Nothing. It is time to get rid of all special interest groups, lobbyists.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

The good ol' boys club is falling apart....good riddance.

SharpHooks
Sandy, UT

What a tangled web woven by Shurtleff/Swallow/Lee.
There is too much information about their misdeeds for ALL of it to be incorrect.
Utah needs--DESPERATELY---a functional 2-party system.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@sg

So because Obama did it makes it OK for Lee to do it? I love the morality on display here.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

As they say, "the plot thickens."

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Sorry sg this isn't about your belief that Obama did wrong, besides chaffetz/lee would still be investigating if there was a shred of evidence, there isn't just radio dropouts and their fan base of parrots.

Bob Pomeroy
Bisbee, AZ

come on Mike. Your Dad taught you that it was the appearance of evil which counted, and he had the character to resign when that issue was presented by Meese.

FelisConcolor
North Salt Lake, UT

Love the reading comprehension on display here. The experts on campaign law all agree Senator Lee will not be affected by the complaint, yet for most commenters here this is a sign Lee will resign any day now.

Donations such as this are not uncommon in modern politics, and members of both parties are guilty of it (the Clintons are masters of donation-laundering). This complaint was filed solely to generate headlines and smear Senator Lee.

Frank Staheli
Santaquin, ut

It's pretty hard to imagine that Lee would have known about this, but if for some reason he did, I think he should resign, even though I much appreciate the great good he's done in Washington D.C.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@FelisConcolor

One more person playing the "two wrongs do make a right" card. The Clintons did it, both parties do it, so it's OK. Tell me, during which year of college were you Mike Lee's roommate?

klangton
Akiachak, AK

What we all need to know, really know, is that this is not a political party issue. We have some who are more transparent about it than others, publicly stating that "corporations are people", paving the way to legalize the sale of our democracy to the highest bidder. The highest bidders are corporations and millionaires and billionaires, on both sides of the aisle. Are they behind Mike Lee? Yes. Are they behind congressmen and women from both parties? Absolutely. If we truly want to take our country back, as some contend, we need to be clear about who has taken it away. Money rules. We must not let it rule in the USA. It is a democracy, which should always mean we have faith and confidence in the people. If you doubt that those with money are attacking our democratic principles, a Wall Street Exec actually said that those with money should get more than one vote, because by making money they demonstrate, inherently, their higher ability to vote more wisely. That is being transparent, give the man credit for that, at least.

CDL
Los Angeles, CA

So many ignore all the corruption going on within the current Federal Administration, giving pretty much a pass or even defending illegal and corrupt practices yet they are already jumping all over this. It has not even been proven that Lee even had knowledge of these actions. The two individuals that supposedly made the contributions, if they did, they should be first in line for prosecution. Next, you must prove Lee had knowledge something I have yet to hear that he did. Therefore HE would not have broken any laws. People need to clean up their own parties right now instead of looking to attack the other. The left has no shortage of corruption.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

@klangton Except with a one party system it is partisan here in Utah.

hermounts
Pleasanton, CA

If somebody made illegal donations to Sen. Lee's campaign, they broke the law not him. He should give the money back, but that should be the extent of his responsibility in the matter.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

RE: SharpHooks "Utah needs--DESPERATELY---a functional 2-party system."

Actually it could really use a proportional system so that minority parties could have a place at the table, e.g. libertarians, constitutional, socialists, and yes, democrats.

Lilalips
Attleboro, MA

Thank heaven for Senator Lee! He is a leader and some people in his own party resent that. Anyone can make an accusation. Whether it holds up in court is another thing altogether. Go Get Em Mike Lee!

Commodore
West Jordan, UT

If he is guilty, let him be punished accordingly. If he is not guilty, then it's time to move on.

CabezaMan
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@klangton, you could not be more wrong, but you stand in the company of most Americans.

The idea that our Republic has devolved into a democracy is exactly the problem. Democratic rule is mob rule, and elected officials are now forced to pander to the masses (the mob). Our Founding Fathers understood the dangers of democracy (mob rule) and they intentionally avoided it by giving us a Republic. Did you know that U.S. Senators used to be elected by their State Legislatures, making them accountable to the state they represented, which also empowered them with the ability to keep the Executive Branch in check. Now it's a power grab that's driven by money and promises of free handouts to the masses - Democracy. You should read up on that.

Michael-D
Riverton, UT

CabezaMan pretty much nails it,,

If Lee was to be implicated, I am confident his home would have been raided as well
For the arm chair QB's here. Innocent until proven guilty!

Lets turn up the heat on jobs, unemployment outside of the benefits window, Obamacare, taxation, NSA, IRS, VA, plenty of bigger fish to look at.

Lee has not been implicated. Lets hold off on the witch hunt.

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