Republican mailer magnate accuses Hinckley director of co-opting donation

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  • Fight On Draper, UT
    Oct. 12, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    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.

  • Democrat Provo, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    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.

  • Democrat Provo, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    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!

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    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.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    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.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    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!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    Don't donate money to the U. Problem solved. Give it to BYU I.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 11, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    Mr. Jowers should not have claimed the Valcarce money as his own, period.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    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

  • Oblio Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    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 name.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    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.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Oct. 11, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    Is it any wonder why politics is so messed up in this country?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2011 7:02 a.m.

    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.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 11, 2011 6:04 a.m.

    "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.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 10, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    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.

  • DucatiCR Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 10, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    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 it's members.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 10, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    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 U.

  • 1st_Unaffiliated OREM, UT
    Oct. 10, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    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.