SALT LAKE CITY — Republican Salt Lake County mayoral candidate Mark Crockett has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with a campaign finance complaint filed by a supporter of his GOP opponent, Mike Winder.
Crockett officially was cleared by the county clerk's office Friday, an action delayed because the office wanted an opinion from the district attorney regarding possible clarifications or revisions to campaign finance rules in future elections.
"It would have been nice if they had (announced it) earlier, but we're happy they finally made it clear that we followed the rules," Crockett said.
On June 12, a campaign finance complaint filed by a Crockett supporter against Winder was dismissed by the clerk's office. The complaint alleged that Winder improperly mixed funds from his West Valley City and Salt Lake County campaigns.
Following an investigation, county clerk Sherrie Swensen said her office determined Winder "substantially complied" with the requirements and intent of the county's campaign finance laws.
As a response to the allegation against Winder, former County Commissioner Brent Overson filed a formal complaint with the clerk's office that Crockett's financial disclosures were too vague, particularity as it related to money paid to campaign manager Randy O'Hara for expenditures.
In an email sent to Overson and the Crockett campaign Friday, chief deputy clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee said Crockett's April 5 financial disclosure "substantially complied" with county ordinance. The county intends to be more specific in instructions to candidates about campaign finance disclosures in the future, she said.
"Based upon the legal direction from the district attorney's office, we will be providing direction for reporting campaign expenditures in the future to all candidates regarding the detail required by the county ordinance prior to the next filing deadline," Burton-Lee wrote in the email.
A GOP primary Tuesday will determine whether Winder or Crockett advances to the Nov. 6 general election against Democrat Ben McAdams.
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