Swallow raises $1.2 million for AG campaign

Sep 5 2012 - 1:24pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- John Swallow has raised more than $1.2 million for his general-election campaign for Utah attorney general, jumping way ahead of his Democratic rival, Weber County Attorney Dee Smith.

She has raised a little more than $47,000 since mid-June.

Swallow is getting much of his cash, $250,000, from a national Republican political action committee with ties to the Los Vegas-based casino company Wynn Resorts and Karl Rove, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Swallow got another $120,000 from a PAC controlled by his boss, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who isn't seeking reelection.

Swallow, the deputy attorney general, has raised $1.23 million since shortly before he won the GOP nomination in June.

Utah Democrats went on the attack over Swallow's distant backers.

"This kind of shady politicking, out-of-state money and laundering of campaign contributions is an affront to the people of Utah, and to the dignity of the office that John Swallow hopes to hold," Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis told the newspaper.

Swallow took his largest donation from Washington-based Republican State Leadership Committee.

"We wanted to make a strong statement of support," said Adam Temple, a spokesman for the super PAC. "We support attorneys general around the country as the last line of defense against the federal government's overreach."

The Republican State Leadership Committee discloses its donors in the interest of transparency. The Tribune reported the PAC's most recent tax filings show Wynn Resorts is the largest backer, contributing $475,000.

Several pharmaceutical companies and a related trade group gave more than $100,000 apiece. Rove's American Crossroads PAC added another $100,000 to the leadership committee.

Swallow campaign manager Abbie Borovatz said the candidate is raising so much money because Swallow "does not take this race for granted."

Smith didn't immediately return a phone message Wednesday from The Associated Press.

 

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