Overstock founder Patrick Byrne fuels Jonathan Johnson gubernatorial campaign

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  • TilleySue South Weber, UT
    May 21, 2016 8:42 p.m.

    Johnson is coming close to raising comparable funding to Herbert in a legitimate, ethical and transparent way. Not sure why that is upsetting to the Herbert campaign. I personally am tired of Herbert's love of federal intrusion and higher taxes. He's been in office too long. Johnson is the right man to replace him. Look at his positions on the issues.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2016 6:01 p.m.

    Joking aside, if one runs for office he or she has to raise money. In Utah, Herbert and Johnson exemplify the best ways to get it. But it does mean money is free speech.

    The Sanders campaign looks all the more remarkable in raising money the truly democratic way.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2016 5:58 p.m.

    "Johnson called it "sickening" that Herbert referred to himself as "Available Jones" in a meeting at the exclusive Alta Club where lobbyists were told clients willing to contribute to the campaign could have time with the governor. Herbert countered that Johnson is relying on "a sugar daddy rich guy" in Byrne,"

    Well both Herbert and Johnson are practicing a variant of "the oldest profession."

    This is one of the reasons Sanders looks so good.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    May 21, 2016 11:26 a.m.

    Vote Herbert, Byrne does not share values of Utah, neither does he share community and religious values of other prosperous states out there like Texas, Arizona, the Dakotas, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Nebraska, the deep south, the Rocky mountain area, the great plains, places where there is trust and community and children and a future. We do not need drastic change in Utah. We do not need law suit culture. Byrne is not from Utah. He has criticized Utah culture continuously.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    May 21, 2016 9:25 a.m.

    Utah is doing better in most ways than just about any other state. I see no reason to dismiss our governor.

    May 21, 2016 8:59 a.m.

    It is surprising in politics how often there are negative indicators which tell you who NOT to vote for.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 21, 2016 8:15 a.m.

    It's his money, and he can spend it backing Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Jonathan Johnson or the pro-pot Democrat running for Utah governor.

    Just like George Soros or Robert Redford can put their money behind their favorite candidate. Or, how the news media can overtly or covertly try to influence people in favor of their chosen candidate.

    It is not the amount of money being spent on politics that is a danger, it is the gullibility of voters who think "free stuff" and spending more than we have is a good idea.

    Personally, I will probably support someone other than Jonathan Johnson's candidate, but I support his right to political free speech.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 21, 2016 7:45 a.m.

    One more reason why we need tight campaign finance reform and elimination of Citizens United and other similar legal rulings.

    As far as I can see, Johnson is the Donald Trump of Utah.

    This guy is so far to the right that he's nearly out of sight.

    We need moderates, not extremists, in government at all levels.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 21, 2016 6:51 a.m.

    Patrick Byrne fuels Jonathan Johnson gubernatorial campaign? One more reason, among many, to vote against Johnson.