Accountability & Transparency

The fundamental purpose of our work is to maintain open and transparent government by keeping the electorate informed. Though some find it hard to believe, our state is home to a diverse population of backgrounds and perspectives. Utah citizens put a great deal of trust in local government to ensure that everyone is represented equally.

When elected government officials abuse that trust, whether by acting in accordance with their personal beliefs instead of the law, accepting “gifts” in exchange for political favors, indulging the influence of outside groups or by making important decisions in closed caucus meetings, ABU is there to speak out.

Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah Staff

Press Release: Burgess Owens accepted illegal contributions

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the New York Times broke the story that Republican candidate for Utah’s 4th Congressional District, Burgess Owens, has accepted at least $130,000 in illegal campaign contributions. These donations were over the legal limit for Congressional donations and have …

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Cheryl Acton Election

We are only a couple of weeks away from receiving ballots in our mailboxes and voting in this highly consequential election. And while many of us are understandably captivated and utterly horrified by the race for our next president, there are many equally consequential elections happening at the state and …

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Covid-19 audit shows troubling lack of leadership

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to today’s release of the COVID-19 purchase and emergency response audit by Utah State Auditor John Dugall, Chase Thomas, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “Although politicians like to brag …

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Press Release: Burgess Owens appears on another QANON show

Salt Lake City, UT – Following news that Burgess Owens, Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District, appeared on a QAnon show for the second time, Katie Matheson, communications director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “Burgess Owens must take responsibility for his own actions, and …

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Sean Reyes: Greatest Hits

The primaries are over and the general election is quickly approaching. There are going to be many important races on the ballot this year, and I know how difficult it is to learn about each candidate so  that you can make an informed decision when you vote. Not everyone gets …

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Press Release: Alliance for a Better Utah statement on attack on vote-by-mail

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, President Trump stated in an interview segment on Fox News that he apparently opposes increased funding for the USPS out of opposition to voting by mail. Speaking about Democrats’ push for emergency funding for the USPS and …

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Press Release: Utah advocates call for block of $20 million bailout for bankrupt coal port company

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2020  Salt Lake City– Today, a team of Utah environmental and public interest groups called on the Utah Legislature and Permanent Community Impact Fund Board (CIB) to forgo spending public funds to bail out a bankrupt California coal port developer. As reported by the …

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Press Release: Better Utah statement on community activist arrests

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Last night, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that protesters Madalena McNeil and Martin Oliveros were arrested and charged with first degree felonies with a gang enhancement for their involvement in protests against the Salt Lake County DA’s office. …

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Join us for Better Utah's Moving Forward Virtual Fundraiser!

This year's event will be held virtually and will feature a conversation with Kate Kendell, Co-Interim Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the former Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.