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 in the News

Complaint to Utah Bar to Focus on Swallow’s Ethical Lapses

Calls for Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s resignation have now come from two Utah newspapers, the Daily Herald and the Salt Lake Tribune. Other organizations and individuals throughout the state, including Swallow himself, are calling for independent investigations. The Utah Democratic Party has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General …

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Should Swallow be Disbarred?

Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for a Better UTAH, released the following statement today regarding recent allegations levied at State Attorney General John Swallow: “The allegations surrounding State Attorney General John Swallow are serious and deserve widespread attention. “As others call for further investigation into these matters, the …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Rolly: Utah lawmaker criticized for supporting sex offender

Paul Rolly of the Salt Lake Tribune drew attention in his column today to Better UTAH’s criticism of Rep. Wayne Harper for a letter he sent to a judge in defense of a convicted sexual abuser. Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for a Better UTAH, recently wrote an open letter …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Ben Winslow Reports on Better UTAH’s Letter to Rep. Harper

FOX13’s Ben Winslow reported on Alliance for a Better UTAH’s criticism of Representative Wayne Harper (R-Taylorsville) who last week wrote a letter in support of a convicted sexual abuser. Maryann Martindale, Better UTAH Executive Director, said Here’s a sitting legislator, standing up for a convicted sex offender, and turning his …

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Letter to Representative Wayne Harper Regarding His Support of Man Convicted of Felony Sexual Abuse

Salt Lake City — Good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH recently wrote an open letter to Representative Wayne Harper (R-Taylorsville), chiding him for using his official capacity to intervene in a sentencing hearing of a man convicted of sexual abuse. Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for …

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Accountability/TransparencyEducation

After Fact-checking, Mia Love’s Claims on Special Ed Funding Not True

Salt Lake City — Congressional Candidate Mia Love’s recent claim that her budget plan would not cut funding to special education programs in Utah does not hold up to scrutiny. Over the weekend, Representative Jim Matheson and Love tangled over whether or not Love’s proposed policies would be detrimental to …

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State Legislators Join Alliance for a Better UTAH in Condemning Campaign Lies

Salt Lake City — State Legislators Patricia Jones and Carol Spackman Moss joined with the Alliance for a Better UTAH Friday at the Salt Lake City Cemetery to condemn recent lies in local campaign literature. Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for a Better UTAH, condemned the hypocrisy of …

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Press Conference at Salt Lake City Cemetery to Address Campaign Lies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 25, 2012 Media Advisory – Press Conference (Friday, October 26) to Call for End to Campaign Lies ——— Who: Maryann Martindale, Alliance for a Better UTAH Senator Patricia Jones, Minority Whip Representative Carol Spackman Moss What: Utah legislators join Alliance for a Better UTAH in …

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