The Utah Democratic Party is paying the son and nephew of its chairman, Wayne Holland, about $1,000 a month each to organize and manage several legislative campaigns this year.
Nick Holland and McKay Holland have been working for the party for some time, said Todd Taylor, executive director of the state party. They both "have a lot of political experience" and have worked on multiple campaigns, including U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson. Nick Holland is actually managing the campaign for Jay Seegmiller, who is challenging House Speaker Greg Curtis, R-Sandy.
Nick and McKay Holland are paid by the state party with money from fundraising, unlike many state party employees who are paid by the Democratic National Committee.
Wayne Holland, a labor union official, is volunteering his time for his party and still taking the regular pay from his labor union. Some past party chairs have taken a salary from the party.
Ivan DuBois, executive director of the Utah Republican Party, said no relatives of top party officials are employed at the state GOP.