Former Attorney General John Swallow left office with $150K in campaign account

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  • MemoFromA Demo SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    P.S. -- Yesterday I received a family picture Christmas card of a Utah Congressmen serving in Washington. On the back it reads: "Paid For By Friends of (name of Congressman)". Hummm! Paid for by his friends? It makes one wonder what other things his friends are paying for, ... and getting in return.

  • MemoFromA Demo SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    This incessant hounding of John Swallow kind of looks and feels like a lynching.

    I've been a vocal critic when it comes to our election fundraising laws, i.e., candidates and elected officials "asking/soliciting/dealing" for money in ways that appear unethical. I believe some political candidates use various types of extortion techniques to rake in large sums of money. The problem I have with the Swallow story is that he seems to be the one singled out for doing this.

    And with regards to Swallow being able to keep the $300,000 of campaign contributions. So? Every other retired or defeated official has done the same thing. Where do you think Governor Mike Leavitt is getting his money to "buy" his contribution to his "Buy (count) My Vote" Initiative. He's getting the money from his pile of campaign money he took with him when President Bush "released" him from serving as governor.

    My point is, it feels to me like Swallow is being attacked for doing the same things that many other elected officials are doing. I don't condone their actions, but I do feel sympathy for John Swallow.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    U-tar quotes swallow as saying: ... there is no way [I] can convince the public that [I am] innocent."

    That's what he says, and he's an attorney, sworn to uphold the law and our judicial system! If he believes his own words, then as ATG how did he ever think justice in the courts of the land could prevail?

    I say, good riddance and continue further investigation and possible prosecution. How do we convince the public that our system of governance and justice from the AG's office is possible if the case is not taken to its conclusion?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    In the interest of journalistic integrity it might be wise to include a note in the story itself that the amount went from $300K to $150K in a matter of hours.
    Some explanation is in order here.
    Did the reporter err in the dollar amount?
    Was there a clarification from the watchdog group?
    Did the Swallow campaign correct misinformation?
    Or did someone quickly spend $150,000?
    What's going on here?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    Thats burning a hole in his pocket.

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    I don't know that the comments made are true or not. I would believe they are not. I personally think they should drop all of these charges and save the state money. I didn't vote for John but I also don't think he's as bad as people are trying to make him.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Dec. 5, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    Time for the public servants to start SERVING someone other than themselves.

    This goes across the board!!!

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    DN News Subscriber 2
    Why is it that people want to defend the indefensible. We just don't need people in high office with dark shadows in their character.
    Mr Swallow said it best himself, there is no way he can convince the public that he is innocent. If you can't, then you most likely have some guilt. At the very least how can you have the confidence of the public.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    When will they ever stop harassing Swallow?

    If they don't like the law regarding use of left over campaign funds, then change the law, don't whine about someone following the law and doing what is allowed.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    He'll need a jumpstart after all he's been through. I'm sure he'll return to the private sector with another humanitarian effort like payday loans.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Dec. 5, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    Most of that 300 k came from some very shady people. Swallow seemed more interested in protecting them, than the good people of the state of Utah. And for all of this we still give him a pension?

  • ca2000 West Wendover, NV
    Dec. 5, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    I hope he gets to use every penny of the fund as he needs. I still do not feel he is guilty of anything he's accused of, except maybe being careless in appearances.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    not to mention his Government paid "severence" package.

    This is guy is the epitome of Me, Myself, and Mine --
    and used his office of "public service" to further John Swallow -- not Utah!