Swallow campaign hid donations from IRS, new search warrants show

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  • storm3033 Vernal, Utah
    Jan. 6, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    Is this "Proper Role of Government Education Association" one of those 501(c) types that the IRS targeted to audit for compliance that the ISSA investigation called the IRS Obama scandal?

    Now that I have read the details of how this PAC was created and how it was used to circumvent disclosures and tax owed I am convinced that the IRS was just doing it's job.

    Interesting that Shurtleff is being caught up in this investigation as well. Shurtleff used campaign funds to pay off a $30,000 personal debt credit card according to the article.

  • brightness Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 7:58 p.m.

    Our judicial system appears to lack oversight for white collar crimes committed by elected officials. The system seems to "reward" bad behavior and does not recognize those who are doing a good job for the state. There is always hope to wipe away the tarnish and bring back the public confidence in our judicial branch of government. There could be more to come, the animals tentacles seem to reach far and wide touching a huge audience. This could bring more people to come out and testify especially when the heat is the kitchen gets too hot.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 11:47 p.m.

    Payday loan people include the GOP chairman. Mr. Wright had a lot of trouble controlling the 2012 convention in April with the new Congressman and with the AG problems.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    What bother me the most is that silly smirk on his face as he cried crocodile tears...

    "I'm innocent"
    "I've done nothing wrong"
    "This is a politically motivated attempt to derail me"
    "All I've ever want to do is serve the citizens of this great satte."

    Nonsense....He wanted to serve himself and his peers.
    How the (self-important) mighty have fallen.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    Poor, poor Swallow. All the pigeons seem to be coming home to roost, and here he thought he'd cleaned the roost.

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 4:04 a.m.

    It's too bad that the Utah Constitution requires so very, very little to qualify as Utah A.G. and it's too bad that peculiar Utah affinity voting makes it so easy to get him elected.

    The un-indicted co-conspirator in all of this is the Utah affinity voter.

  • Voice Saint George, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    To DN Subscriber 2

    The article states Swallow's staffer, Crossley:

    "tried to persuade him not to take donations from the telemarketing industry because it was "corrupt" and the money wasn't needed to win the race.

    Crossley said Swallow was very "hands on" in the campaign and had the final say on everything."

    If there weren't so many other people pretty much saying similar things, I could kinda dismiss or wait to see what happens in court. However, with so much evidence and lack of evidence piling up, this is way to suspect to pass it off that Swallow was somehow a "victim."

    It's very disturbing the state is having to go to such lengths to get e-mails and data that should have been maintained on state computers.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 9:01 p.m.

    Many of the "professional campaign managers" seem to have very low ethical standards, great creativity to figure out new ways to stretch the truth, diminish the truth, hide the truth, and blame stuff on other people. All while keeping their client, the candidate, in a position for "plausible deniability." Usually they blame stuff on the opposition, but given their behavior patterns, I would not be surprised to see one of these campaigners turn on their client if their own misdeeds were exposed.

    Swallow may have been involved, or even the mastermind, but he may also have been misled by someone who was supposed to know how to win elections LEGALLY.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 4:19 p.m.

    @Dixie dan..

    Not if he's in prison he won't be getting it.
    Not if he is proven to have gotten to that point via provable crime.
    See...nobody thought that the investigation would be so thorough, in spite of lots of "lost" evidence that magically disappeared.....
    That $12k pension is the least of Swallow's concerns about now.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Jan. 2, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    I've always been suspicious of organizations with very ambiguous civic sounding names like "Citizens for a Terrific Tomorrow" that have only a post office box in Barstow as an address. I would think there would be more regulation on these things especially when large sums of money are often funneled through them.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    For those commenting on his "guilt"...would YOU rather be tried fairly by the courts with lawyers? Or would you like to go on trial here in the D-News comment section?

    That is what I thought.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    Jan. 2, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    Hope someone has confiscated John Swallow's passport and is keeping a close eye on him.
    He could pull a Edward Snowden type disappearance sometime soon.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Jan. 2, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    Does anyone else know who Mr. Powers has consulted with? Her has quite the business.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 3:04 p.m.

    And this is the same man the governor let stay on the payroll so he could be vested in the retirement system. "Honest John" will now get a tidy $12,000 per year for his work and laugh all the way to the bank. And to think he still calls himself a "Reagan Republican!"

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 2:54 p.m.

    Impossible! Swallow told us at his resignation that he was innocent of any wrongdoing.
    He ALSO re-stated that on the Doug Wright show.