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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Election Law Violation Petition filed with Lt. Gov to investigate AG

Media inquiries should be directed to: David R. Irvine Attorney for the petitioners cell.801.949.6693 / ph.801.579.0802 / drirvine@aol.com Alan L. Smith Attorney for the petitioners 801.262.0555 / alanakaed@aol.com ——— Media Advisory – Election Law Violation Petition filed with Lt. Governor’s office for investigation of AG John Swallow on Thursday, March …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah on the Hill

When Transparency isn’t Transparent

In the Princess Bride, after one character repeatedly uses the same word, another character says, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Every time a legislator brings up the word transparency I find myself thinking of that quote. HB43 has been …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah on the Hill

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Representative Scorned

On Wednesday, the House Government Operations Committee heard testimony on Representative Patrice Arent’s HB 258, that would eliminate the straight party voting option from future ballots. There are several reasons why we supported the bill and why I spoke in favor of it, including the belief that an electorate should …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

State Leaders Consider Reforms as Bar Complaint Focuses on Ethics

Attention throughout the state’s political elite has turned this week to ethical concerns in the wake of the John Swallow scandal. Organizations like the Alliance for a Better Utah and Utahns for Ethical Government have lead the way in drawing attention to not only allegations of criminal wrongdoing on Swallow’s …

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Records Preservation Request Issued in Ongoing AG Investigation

Salt Lake City — The Alliance for a Better UTAH issued a request today to the Utah Governor’s Office and the Utah Attorney General’s Office asking that both offices issue “records preservation orders” in connection with admitted and alleged activities of Attorney General John Swallow. A records preservation order functions …

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Complaint Against State AG Submitted to Utah Bar Association

Salt Lake City — The Alliance for a Better UTAH submitted a complaint today to the Utah Bar Association asking the Bar to investigate whether the state’s leading litigator has violated the Utah Supreme Court’s Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC). Attorney General John Swallow has been the subject of increased …

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Daily Herald Publishes Opinion on Swallow

The Daily Herald recently published a statement released by Better UTAH Executive Director Maryann Martindale: Swallow’s relationship with Johnson establishes the importance of renewing the need to review the code of ethics and ethical practices applicable to all of Utah’s elected officials. Swallow’s apparent moonlighting as a consultant while being …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

More Voices Call for Swallow’s Resignation

The following is the transcript from this week’s Better UTAH Beat that aired on January 15, 2013. —- It has only been a week since John Swallow was sworn in as Utah’s new Attorney General, but he’s already facing calls for his resignation. Editorial boards of not one but two …

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