Former Attorney General John Swallow hid donations from payday loan industry, investigators say

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  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    DN Subscriber 2, thanks for many inciteful and useful posts. Political correctness
    has produced so much gobblygoop that its hard to differentiate fact from fiction. Reasonable people can disagree but add the emotional fanaticism of the political correct crowd and
    everything becomes very toxic.Your posts were always well reasoned.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    --"Shurtleff pulled the state out of the case as one of his last acts in office in December 2012. Investigators said that left 5,000 Utah homeowners without a settlement, all in an effort to protect a Swallow campaign donor."--
    To what extent did former AG Shurtleff give Swallow his support and confidence? He would have known more than enough to pull his support if he were acting in Utah's best interests. Let us hear from the 5000 who lost the state's support for this corruption.

  • Sandy Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    John Swallow seemed untrustworthy from the first time I read of him. I voted for Reyes in the Primary and then for the Democrat in the final. The Democrat would probably have been good but sadly he did not campaign. But maybe that was naive considering what happened yesterday in Utah, with those clowns Becker and Gill at the helm in Salt Lake. The Dems have no moral compass either.

  • AllSeeingEye Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    Worst part about this is its striking parallel to that telling scene from Casa Blanca where the Inspector raids Bogart's establishment and Bogart protests, saying you can't shut me down--what's the problem? The Inspector character says something like I'm shocked to find that gambling is going on in here. A moment later one of the workers approaches the Inspector, hands him a bundle of cash, and says your winnings, sir. Which brings a barely audible thank you very much.

    Not all elected officials are on the take. But, you can be sure many of them have done things just like Mr. Swallow. Now, they need it to appear that such behavior is shocking. Well, it is. But, unfortunately, the behavior is not as uncommon as voters might hope.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Is this acceptable behavior of an attorney bound by the code of ethics and laws of the State of Utah? He was the Chief Deputy supervising a boatload of AG attorneys and making judgments on cases for our citizens. Corruption involves this kind of deceit from other elected and appointed officials who are bound by their ethical codes. I appreciate the inner conscience of the House of Representatives who are trying to keep integrity a part of the system. It is sad when the Utah Bar and the Federal authorities have lost their North Star's guiding light. It appears that some want to change our mores and morals to the Sodom and Gomorrah of todays world. Utah was meant to be as the pioneers came here for. They wanted a sanctuary for their practices since people and governments wanted their extinction. Our prior AGs have torn down that with succeeding generations through acceptance of proven values since the beginning of time. The Ten Commandments and other religious values from time have proven helpful in keeping society from falling.

    I know then Governor will have a hard time with his $13M and $85K in his past we accept.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Dec. 21, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    DN2, I have felt that Swallow was unethical at best and criminal at worst from the very first. I hope you support the investigation as in continues, there is more out there, and now is the time to clean the house.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    I have been a strong defender of John Swallow.

    It appears that I was deceived and my faith in his innocence was misplaced.

    While it is true that this is "just one side of the story" we are hearing today, and that his transgressions may not be a bad as they seem, I can no longer believe in his full innocence.

    Politicians are indeed a slimy bunch, some more so than others.

    Let justice be served and punishments meted out. Not just to Swallow, but any politicians who break laws.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 8:24 p.m.

    Not politically motivated. Morally and legally motivated.
    Maybe news takes it's time getting to Eagle Mountain.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    I don't know what is worse, not reporting these contributions or actually getting contributions from these snakes in the grass.

  • micawber Centerville, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 6:25 p.m.


    Help me. What is the political motivation of the House Committee, which is dominated by Republicans?

  • GreatScot Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    Still not sure if a real crime has been committed, or just political underhandedness. Both are dispicable actions, but plenty of what is disgusting about politics is legal. I don't know whether the prosecutors are any better than the ones being prosecuted. Maybe they are squeaky clean. But when charges have political motivation, I reserve judgement.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    I say BRAVO! to the committee.
    Let them continue until every single element of this has been examined, cost no object.
    If it cleans house, then it is worth every cent.
    5 mil, 20 mil...
    Let the Guv pay out of his fund for UTA, or from what they don't spend on education.
    Plenty there...

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    For those concerned about how much money was spent investigating Swallow, I would suggest that a significant amount of that money could have been saved if Swallow had cooperated with the investigation rather than refusing to give a taped interview with investigators and hiding and destroying documents. He clearly wasn't looking to be helpful or forthcoming.

    Similarly, the money he's spent to date on his own legal defense has been largely wasted as it's been spent pursuing that same strategy--deny everything, attack and avoid the investigators, and hide/destroy/fabricate information.

    A little candor by Mr. Swallow would have save both himself and the State a lot of money.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    Swallow was an LDS Bishop???

  • ray vaughn Ogden, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    @Grover. I will take seriously the defenders of John Swallow claiming he did not have the funds to defend hisself after evidence arises that the Attorney General ever declined to file charges against anyone who did not have the money to pay to defend themselves.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:00 p.m.


    On news dump Friday DN readers get the latest installment in the swallow scandal...


  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    I've often wondered why the last two Utah Attorney Generals were such payday loan supporters. Now I know. Money!!

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    New to Utah: Are you just new to Utah or new to the USA?? John Swallow faced the same dilemma as a poor person before the bar of justice. If you are not wealthy, you will not have the same chance as someone else in the same position with money. A recent book on the subject is titled: "And Liberty and Justice for Some"

    Having said that however, John Swallow couldn't beat this rap with Perry Mason at his table. Take the money out of it, what are the odds that the Bar allows him to keep his law license?? Answer: Slim and none and slim just left town after the revelations yesterday before the legislature. Last thing you need to learn being new here is that not all dishonest and slimy people are liberals who live in Salt Lake County. Some are of a party you favor, pledge faith to a religion revered in this State and live in places quite close to your new home.

    PS. Welcome to Utah!

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    The worst part are his smug and smirky assertions of complete though if he said it often enough, it would have been believed.

    Even with the tons of miraculously lost electronic data, the committee has done a very comprehensive job of exposing so many wrongs.

    This entire saga is so contrary to how Swallow would have you believe he lives, works, and serves, and that is disappointing.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    John Swallow needs to be held accountable.
    Three of my kids or spouses are in the legal
    profession. $2.3 million dollars vs $300k is hardly
    fair that is what the state had vs Swallow.
    So the state has to justify spending that
    money. So this iis the classic orange vs
    Apples comparison not completely fair.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    As has been stated before on these message boards, I hope that if there is evidence that law was broken that there are more formal charges and we don't simply let him resign and think that is penance enough.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    Nuh uhh. Why can't people just leave this good man alone? He claimed he was innocent when he resigned and he has the backing of the seagull forum, that is good enough for me!