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  • perhaps Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    It would be interesting to see who else Johnson, and his friend, the late Richard Rawle, donated to during the past 5 years.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    The Buddy system rules. Why was Reid's name dropped by Republican.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    Why do the repubs in the state legislature always fight ethics reform? Makes you wonder.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Sounds like corrupt politics to me. Normally, I'd suggest ethics reform. But according to repubs, why have rules and regulations? What's the point? Bad people and criminals will just break the law anyway

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    The other paper reported that Shurtleff, while in office, flew on JJ's airplane on more than one occasion. This whole thing is very troubling. Money, power, religious connections, all rolled into one, and too many think there is nothing wrong. I'm sorry, Utah is more like Chicago than you realize.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    "How can they possibly have believed it was appropriate to accept campaign contributions from someone their office was actively investigating?"

    I think the bigger picture is more bleak.

    How could a congressman accept campaign contributions from, say, an oil company and then vote on legislation that affects said company?

    It costs huge amounts of money to get elected. Favorable votes are bought and paid for. And most have very little to do with the good of the country.

  • micawber Centerville, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    I'm very disappointed in Mr. Shurtleff and Mr. Swallow. How can they possibly have believed it was appropriate to accept campaign contributions from someone their office was actively investigating? It suggests they were rationalizing their behavior. If they really can't see the problem with their conduct, it makes me question whether they are smart enough to be attorney general.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    But just ask any Utah GOP politician. Ethics rules are not needed.

    Right. And Utah's air is crystal clear today.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Reciprocity. It has been shown that when someone gives you something, even something as innocuous as a Coke at a car dealership, the giftee feels an obligation to give something back to the gifter. That is the reason they do it.

    Unethical in the case of Shurtleff & Swallow? Absolutely.

    Both of them should be investigated for bribery.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 6, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    "Consider that Johnson donated tens of thousands of dollars to former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's re-election campaign at a time when both Johnson and iWorks were under active investigation by the Attorney General's Office."

    And why might he have done that? It is clear to anyone with 2 functioning brain cells that people buy influence. Until we get the big money out of politics, we will have purchased elected officials.

    And yes, that goes for unions also.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Feb. 6, 2013 6:23 a.m.

    They are lawyers..., and politicians. Why the surprise at finding their ethics and honesty in question?