Group seeks probe into possible illegal campaign donations to Sen. Mike Lee

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  • Jimmytheliberal Salt Lake City, UT
    June 9, 2014 4:00 p.m.

    @JohnLocke...Not sure where news is obtained in Irvins. Could you please identify what current Democrats are in "high offices" here in Utah? How about the last time Utah had a Democratic Governor? I'll anxiously be awaiting your response.

  • Jimmytheliberal Salt Lake City, UT
    June 9, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    @Truth...Is not time you live up to your handle name and actually find some "Truth" prior to any more nonsensical partisan posts? Just an idea my friend. Anything to assist my fellow man regardless of how delusional some sound.

  • Jimmytheliberal Salt Lake City, UT
    June 9, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    @Michael-D...Feel free to remove your Utah County Blinders any day.

  • Jimmytheliberal Salt Lake City, UT
    June 9, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    @sg...Only yourself along with the other regular sheep could possibly attempt deflection by tying in our President. Possibly think for yourself? It is quite liberating.

    June 7, 2014 10:09 p.m.

    Let me guess, this is also the same guy who got the investigation going on john Swallow, our former AG. All these so called investigations do is get the peoples focus on one thing while our Government is doing another behind our back.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    June 6, 2014 10:11 p.m.

    "Here we go again." Do you see any democrats being pursued by this group? That's because they are liberals and will support any liberal cause.

    The Republicans need a group like this to pursue democrats in high office in Utah. Oh yeah, come January, there won't be any...good riddance.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    June 6, 2014 5:11 p.m.

    The question is if this transfer of funds occurred?

    Why do the investigators simply follow the paper trail? We really do not live in the dark ages.

    You simply do not withdraw $150,000 in cash and give it to different individuals. It is either an electronic transfer or checks to the individuals involved.

    If it occurred Mr. Johnson should be able to give you the names of the individuals who whom the money was transferred and then check to see if they donated the same amount to Senator Lee's election fund. Duh! Simple. Do I get a state job now as an investigator?

  • cavetroll SANDY, UT
    June 6, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    @ Monk

    Lee would never ask the Pope for repentance. After all, the Pope doesn't head the "one true church." In fact I remember some not so kind words about the Catholic Church coming from an LDS leader not to long ago...

    "I think it's time we vote the Libs out of our red state!"
    We already did. And that got us Swallow, Shurtleff, $13 million to one of Herbie's owners.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 6, 2014 12:24 p.m.

    To all the people saying "I hope they throw the book at him"...

    Democrat Harry Reid was MUCH more clearly and directly involved in this ugly incident... why are you not calling for HIS head (and only Mike Lee's)???

    I think your partisan motivations are pretty clear on this one.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 6, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    It is interesting to read the liberal posters here. We have an article about a person who made illegal contributions to political canidates. There was nothing stating tht Lee knew anything about the legality issues, yet the liberals are calling for blood.

    At the same time when compelling evidence comes up that there is some highly questionable activities going on at the White House, those same people ask us to look the other way.

    Liberals, please tell us what to do. Do we seek for blood when a politician is implied in an illegal activity or do we look the other way until the investigations are done?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 6, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    Some of you Lib nay-sayers need to realize that the candidate rarely knows who contributed or how much. They employ people for that task. As much as I'm not that big a fan of Mike Lee, he's not responsible, nor culpable in this. Maybe those he employed to take care of the finances are. This Johnson guy is pulling out all the stops to stay out of jail. Next think he'll say is that he's the illegitimate son of Orrin Hatch.

    Same thing with Obama. But then Obama set the bar pretty low.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 6, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    Oh, joy of joys... We may be able to pull yet ANOTHER person into this pit!...

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 6, 2014 10:57 a.m.

    @Mikhail, the people who paid for Mike Lee's short sale are the depositors of the bank he stiffed (myself among them). I suppose many of them might have been taxpayers, too. I know I am.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    June 6, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    sg writes, "No one seems to have cared enough to make a big stink about all the irregularities in his campaign not to mention the voter fraud that occurred when illegals and others voted multiple times."

    It's hard to make a big stink about something that doesn't exist, although some people have certainly tried. Look at Whitewater. Look at the people predicting "the demise of marriage".

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    June 6, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    The chickens are coming home to roost.

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    June 6, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    Brave Sir Robin:

    It appears to me you are playing the same game, excusing shady campaign financing deals by your beloved Clinton/Obama campaigns while screaming for Senator Lee's head on a platter.

    If you have any proof Senator Lee violated campaign laws, then post it. Otherwise, wait until the results of the investigation come out -- assuming there even is an investigation to begin with; according to the article, that is not a guarantee.

    This was a smear job by a left-wing activist group, done for the sole purpose of discrediting Senator Lee. Nothing substantial will come of it, but then that wasn't the intention. Creating negative headlines about Senator Lee was the reason for this complaint, and it has succeeded beautifully.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 6, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    That's Ok all the same posters supporting Lee, are the same ones who kept the swallow debacle going for far to long, declaring "Innocent until proven guilty."

    Like Bluedevil pointed out... unless it's Obama, then rumors and innuendo are good enough for impeachment.

  • Mikhail ALPINE, UT
    June 6, 2014 6:11 a.m.


    Please explain to us all how the taxpayers paid for the short-sale of a home.

  • Mikhail ALPINE, UT
    June 6, 2014 6:09 a.m.

    This is another case of a headline that blast Mike Lee - implicating him with the smear of association. If the commenters would read the article, they would see that the article is about Jeremy Johnson and John Swallow. This is not an article about Mike Lee - except to the fact that a group claims that they are going to do something that they have not done - file a complaint. There is no statement in the article or the affidavit that Mike Lee sought illegal campaign contributions. Also, does anyone have a rational explanation as to how a "short sale" of a house - done with the approval of the lender - is any way related to illegal activity?

    I find it extremely curious that the Senior Senator from Utah is immune to any connection to Mr. Johnson. Given the fact that Mr. Johnson appears to have attempted to buy political influence, might his money not have been better spend on the man who has spent his entire life within the beltway of Washington DC and is one of the more senior legislators in the country. I find the absence of such allegations to be curious.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 6, 2014 6:07 a.m.

    "Innocent until proven guilty" followed by "NSA, IRS, VA, plenty of bigger fish to look at" then back to "Lets hold off on the witch hunt."

    My head is spinning....its innocent unless proven guilty.... when your are Republican? Or is it Utahan? Or what is it.... because it seems this only applies to a select group.

    I don't agree with Lee's stance on many things, but I doubt he had much direct knowledge of this. I am pretty comfortable it was the same "power broker" crowd who was working to effect the elections.... you know the ones, the guys with the open caucus meetings in their houses deciding who gets to run, and who doesn't. The good old boy club in Utah needs to be shaken up. Lee probably was the beneficiary of this... but not engaged with it.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 6, 2014 5:48 a.m.

    No need for this group to go after him. If he is guilty he will turn himself in. Otherwise it would be amnesty and he wouldn't stand for that.

  • Mont Pugmire Fairview, UT
    June 6, 2014 5:43 a.m.

    Rumors and innuendo are like feathers on the wind. Once stated they are hard to get back. If the Lee campaign received funds that turned out to be in error, they should return the funds WITHOUT waiting for some slow acting committee to "investigate". They should take the highest road possible.
    Our political society today is so completely corrupted by power and money on all sides that it is, to me, really sad. Instead of shouting and blaming, we should do all what we can to act correctly ourselves. There was a lot of "not me" or "I don't know" from our children when they were little. Happily today they have matured to behave responsibly. Too bad that our modern politicos (from all sides of the spectrum) have never grown up.
    What a need we have for real grown ups in modern politics.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2014 9:46 p.m.

    After Lee is cleared by all the allegations.......I think it's time we vote the Libs out of our red state! Send them packing to Detroit where they can have a voice and live under the guidance of their failed ideologies!

  • Spoc Ogden, UT
    June 5, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    From their website:

    "The Alliance for a Better UTAH is a year-round, multi-issue education and advocacy organization promoting progressive ideas and causes with earned media and local organizing."

    Progressive community organizers.

    True or not, never let a good smear go to waste.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    June 5, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    Mike-d, Lee's home was not raided....he short sold it, and we the taxpayers paid for it.

  • CabezaMan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 5, 2014 9:27 p.m.

    Okay, let's try this again. We can solve these problems if we were to go back to the Republic form of government established by our Founding Fathers. This would start with the repeal of the 17th amendment. This amendment superseded Article I and III, Clauses 1 and 2 of the Constitution, which required senators to be elected by state legislatures. The Founder's intent was to prevent the federal government from indirectly absconding with the powers and funds of the states. Imagine the wisdom. The 17th amendment established direct election of United States Senators by popular vote. That means the masses, or "mob rule." And that's why we have these types of problems. Interestingly enough, the argument used to get the 17th amendment passed was the "risk" or "potential" for corruption when none actually existed. Well they solved that problem, didn't they. Progressive, really?

  • Michael-D Riverton, UT
    June 5, 2014 8:58 p.m.

    CabezaMan pretty much nails it,,

    If Lee was to be implicated, I am confident his home would have been raided as well
    For the arm chair QB's here. Innocent until proven guilty!

    Lets turn up the heat on jobs, unemployment outside of the benefits window, Obamacare, taxation, NSA, IRS, VA, plenty of bigger fish to look at.

    Lee has not been implicated. Lets hold off on the witch hunt.

  • CabezaMan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 5, 2014 8:31 p.m.

    @klangton, you could not be more wrong, but you stand in the company of most Americans.

    The idea that our Republic has devolved into a democracy is exactly the problem. Democratic rule is mob rule, and elected officials are now forced to pander to the masses (the mob). Our Founding Fathers understood the dangers of democracy (mob rule) and they intentionally avoided it by giving us a Republic. Did you know that U.S. Senators used to be elected by their State Legislatures, making them accountable to the state they represented, which also empowered them with the ability to keep the Executive Branch in check. Now it's a power grab that's driven by money and promises of free handouts to the masses - Democracy. You should read up on that.

  • Commodore West Jordan, UT
    June 5, 2014 7:59 p.m.

    If he is guilty, let him be punished accordingly. If he is not guilty, then it's time to move on.

  • Lilalips Attleboro, MA
    June 5, 2014 7:46 p.m.

    Thank heaven for Senator Lee! He is a leader and some people in his own party resent that. Anyone can make an accusation. Whether it holds up in court is another thing altogether. Go Get Em Mike Lee!

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2014 7:36 p.m.

    RE: SharpHooks "Utah needs--DESPERATELY---a functional 2-party system."

    Actually it could really use a proportional system so that minority parties could have a place at the table, e.g. libertarians, constitutional, socialists, and yes, democrats.

  • hermounts Pleasanton, CA
    June 5, 2014 5:32 p.m.

    If somebody made illegal donations to Sen. Lee's campaign, they broke the law not him. He should give the money back, but that should be the extent of his responsibility in the matter.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 5, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    @klangton Except with a one party system it is partisan here in Utah.

  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    June 5, 2014 4:52 p.m.

    So many ignore all the corruption going on within the current Federal Administration, giving pretty much a pass or even defending illegal and corrupt practices yet they are already jumping all over this. It has not even been proven that Lee even had knowledge of these actions. The two individuals that supposedly made the contributions, if they did, they should be first in line for prosecution. Next, you must prove Lee had knowledge something I have yet to hear that he did. Therefore HE would not have broken any laws. People need to clean up their own parties right now instead of looking to attack the other. The left has no shortage of corruption.

  • klangton Akiachak, AK
    June 5, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    What we all need to know, really know, is that this is not a political party issue. We have some who are more transparent about it than others, publicly stating that "corporations are people", paving the way to legalize the sale of our democracy to the highest bidder. The highest bidders are corporations and millionaires and billionaires, on both sides of the aisle. Are they behind Mike Lee? Yes. Are they behind congressmen and women from both parties? Absolutely. If we truly want to take our country back, as some contend, we need to be clear about who has taken it away. Money rules. We must not let it rule in the USA. It is a democracy, which should always mean we have faith and confidence in the people. If you doubt that those with money are attacking our democratic principles, a Wall Street Exec actually said that those with money should get more than one vote, because by making money they demonstrate, inherently, their higher ability to vote more wisely. That is being transparent, give the man credit for that, at least.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 5, 2014 4:26 p.m.


    One more person playing the "two wrongs do make a right" card. The Clintons did it, both parties do it, so it's OK. Tell me, during which year of college were you Mike Lee's roommate?

  • Frank Staheli Santaquin, ut
    June 5, 2014 4:25 p.m.

    It's pretty hard to imagine that Lee would have known about this, but if for some reason he did, I think he should resign, even though I much appreciate the great good he's done in Washington D.C.

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    June 5, 2014 4:11 p.m.

    Love the reading comprehension on display here. The experts on campaign law all agree Senator Lee will not be affected by the complaint, yet for most commenters here this is a sign Lee will resign any day now.

    Donations such as this are not uncommon in modern politics, and members of both parties are guilty of it (the Clintons are masters of donation-laundering). This complaint was filed solely to generate headlines and smear Senator Lee.

  • Bob Pomeroy Bisbee, AZ
    June 5, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    come on Mike. Your Dad taught you that it was the appearance of evil which counted, and he had the character to resign when that issue was presented by Meese.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 5, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    Sorry sg this isn't about your belief that Obama did wrong, besides chaffetz/lee would still be investigating if there was a shred of evidence, there isn't just radio dropouts and their fan base of parrots.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    As they say, "the plot thickens."

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 5, 2014 3:40 p.m.


    So because Obama did it makes it OK for Lee to do it? I love the morality on display here.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    June 5, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    What a tangled web woven by Shurtleff/Swallow/Lee.
    There is too much information about their misdeeds for ALL of it to be incorrect.
    Utah needs--DESPERATELY---a functional 2-party system.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 5, 2014 3:16 p.m.

    The good ol' boys club is falling apart....good riddance.

  • sg newhall, CA
    June 5, 2014 3:12 p.m.

    I suppose the illegal contributions made to Obama's first election and second election don't count? No one seems to have cared enough to make a big stink about all the irregularities in his campaign not to mention the voter fraud that occurred when illegals and others voted multiple times. How about those districts in the battleground states that reported over 100% cast votes all for Obama and not one for Romney? Luck or corruption. And why is this businessman now coming forward with his claims? What's in it for him and why didn't he refuse to comply? Sorry, but this businessman is just as guilty and should be held accountable for his actions. Aren't we all just plain tired with the status quo of state and federal politics and campaigning? The best way to avoid this is by setting a ceiling amount that any candidate can spend from local politics to federal. It's about time we stop the wasteful spending we do on campaigns. $1 billion dollars was spent on the last presidential election and what did it get us? Nothing. It is time to get rid of all special interest groups, lobbyists.

  • Monk Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 5, 2014 3:02 p.m.

    Another article from today said Lee saw the Pope. Maybe he can ask him for repentance.