Fri November 22, 2013
Lt. Governor's Report Claims Swallow Violated Election Law
The special counsel to the state election’s office has found that there is sufficient evidence to show that Utah Attorney General John Swallow violated Utah election law.
The 42 page report outlines in detail several cases where Swallow failed to disclose income or his role as owner, officer, or formal advisor for a company on financial disclosure forms. The report calls these failures planned and deliberate. Normally, the Lieutenant Governor would take the report and refer it to a judge who would then rule on the charges and remove the offender from office if found guilty. But Mark Thomas, director of elections, says with Swallow’s resignation they’re not sure what will happen.
“The Lt. Governor will see if there is a need to move forward," he says. "Perhaps there’s not, but perhaps there is. Perhaps the statute requires us to move forward. So we’ll be taking the next few days to evaluate that and the Lt. Governor will make a decision when he’s ready.”
The report is also critical of Swallow’s lack of cooperation with the investigation. Investigators say he made several attempts to control or influence it through his attorneys. Mark Thomas says the investigation cost the state about $200 thousand dollars.