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.

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Press Release: Utah citation honoring Trump show state leaders afraid of a bully

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Following Sen. Romney’s vote to convict President Donald Trump of abuse of power, Utah Speaker of the House Brad Wilson and Senate President Stuart Adams have told press they plan to issue a joint citation praising President Donald …

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Press Release: Senator Romney: A man of integrity

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 5, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Following the news that Senator Romney plans to vote to convict President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “With his decision to convict the …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Sen. Mike Lee decries impeachment managers’ ‘theatrics’ as Trump trial opens

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee complained about House Democrats’ “theatrics” as opening arguments began Wednesday in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump “They’re behaving a bit as a teenager might when they’re losing …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Special interests provided 93.5% of donations to Utah legislators last year

This story first appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. You can find it in its entirety here. Utah’s legislators didn’t need to raise much campaign money in 2019, since it was not an election year for them. They still amassed plenty — and special interest groups supplied 93.5% of it, …

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to McAdams impeachment announcement

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Representative Ben McAdams announced he will vote in favor of impeachment.  Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “In spite of out-of-state special interest groups dumping tens of thousands of …

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Proposed income tax cut doubled as ‘Santa’ and ‘The Grinch’ protest the Utah legislature’s tax overhaul bill

This story originally appeared at Fox13.com. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — House Speaker Brad Wilson proposed doubling the income tax cut to Utahns to $160 million under a new version of a massive tax overhaul bill. In an interview with FOX 13 on Friday, the …

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to tax reform draft

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – After the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force committed a “Friday news dump” by releasing the latest version of its tax reform proposal late in the afternoon today, Alliance for a Better Utah’s executive director, Chase Thomas, issued …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah Staff

Chris Stewart: Trump’s Loyal Sycophant

A recent poll found that 70% of Americans are closely watching the ongoing impeachment hearings. I am one of those Americans, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since I work in politics. Whether it’s listening to the proceedings on my phone while commuting or watching the livestream on …

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