Did you see the story in the paper this morning about alleged money laundering in Senator Mike Lee's campaign? These are serious allegations. So serious, that we've decided to file a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, asking them to get to the bottom of it.
The Swallow scandal is more far-reaching than we thought. Which means our work isn't over. Will you make a donation so we can continue to follow the Swallow trail wherever it may lead? It might be politically unpopular, but it will be worth it. With your help, we can be the independent voice willing to make the hard choices to hold our elected leaders accountable.
The Tribune story is certainly the biggest thing to happen over the last few weeks, but it isn't all we've been up to. Keep scrolling for more of the latest and greatest from your friends at the Alliance for a Better UTAH. As always, if you have questions, comments or tips, don't hesitate to reach out to us.
All our best,
Josh, Maryann & Isaac
Your Better UTAH Team
P.S. If you haven't signed the petition to hold the Recapture Canyon Trespassers accountable, you can do that by clicking here. We plan to deliver the signatures next week.
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