Tuesday, September 16, 2008

of course

The incumbents and their special interest friends don't like Utahns knowing who is giving them money, or how much.
Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert will not appeal a ruling declaring part of Utah's financial disclosure laws unconstitutional.
While this could open the door for corporations and groups to try to indirectly influence an election without having to file any financial or member information, Herbert has chosen to "respectfully disagree" and not pursue further legal action.
"It stands to reason that from the lieutenant governor's perspective, if you're an entity attempting to influence an election one way or another, we will hold you accountable," said Joe Demma, Herbert's chief of staff. "This ruling won't deter us in the least."
Yes, next time someone hits me with their car, I will respectfully disagree with where they placed their vehicle. How exactly will there be accountability if there is no disclosure? Huntsman campaigned on transparancy and ethics reform, but that was one of the first things that the legislature blocked.

It seems Speaker Curtis needs $300,000 to defend his record, or to pocket the donations without anyone being the wiser. Or other house members who pass bills in their own personal interest without disclosure. Hunstman's people claim they will seek a legislative change to fix the law that Judge Bensen struck down. Fat chance that bill will get any better with the current crew up on Utah's Capitol Hill.

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