SALT LAKE CITY -- A progressive political group is claiming Utah Attorney General John Swallow violated state election law.
The Alliance for a Better Utah filed a complaint with the Utah lieutenant governor's office saying Swallow failed to report several business interests on his campaign disclosures.
Swallow's campaign consultant immediately attacked Thursday's complaint, saying it mixed up two businesses - Timberline Drilling and the Vital Ground Foundation - registered by another man named John Swallow and not the attorney general.
The consultant, Jason Powers, said the Alliance for a Better Utah was careless with research and that its complaint is without merit.
The complaint alleges Swallow hid $23,500 in business income from campaign disclosures. That money is at the center of bribery allegations made by a Utah businessman who faces 85 charges of Internet fraud.
Jeremy Johnson has said he enlisted Swallow to help make a federal investigation go away. By his account, Swallow hooked him up with a paycheck-loan operator who was supposed to hire lobbyists or arrange a bribe.
Johnson said he and a business partner paid Check City founder Richard Rawle $250,000, but the payment did nothing to help his cause and that Swallow ended up with a piece of the money.
Swallow acknowledges he was paid $23,500 by Rawle but insists it had nothing to do with a bribe. Swallow said he did consulting work for Rawle on a Nevada limestone quarry.
Rawle died Dec. 8 of cancer.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City says it's investigating Johnson's allegations.
Utah Democrats have called on Gov. Gary Herbert to appoint a special investigator to determine whether Swallow violated any state laws.