Candidates for state office and the Utah legislature could soon be required to disclose a lot more information when they run for office, and they’ll have former Utah Attorney General John Swallow to thank for it.
Utah has three independent candidates running for Congress this election. But most voters haven’t seen a single ad or billboard about their campaigns. For a candidate with no funds or party support, it’s an uphill battle to get a message out. This story looks at what it means to be an independent candidate in Utah.
Senator Orrin Hatch won the Utah Republican primary, and spent 10 million dollars in the process. Now, Democratic challenger Scott Howell aims to turn that money against the incumbent Senator. Howell says Hatch’s significant campaign war chest is not a problem for him. It’s a problem for the people of Utah.
“When you see that big money, that drives the behavior that we’ve seen in Washington DC, that gives loopholes to businesses and industries that have access that you and I don’t,” said Howell, “We’re going to end that in this campaign.”