Transparency in Government & Elections

Government needs to operate in an honest, open and fair manner. As a legislator, I have always tried to operate in a manner that would allow as much discussion and contribution from all interested parties on an issue. I have done this in working on campaign disclosure (below), I have taken this approach concerning the issue of moving the prison, and I always welcome discussion and input from my constituents and those affected by specific legislation.
In 2013, I sponsored a bill that requires corporations making expenditures to influence the outcome of an election to disclose donor information. Some of those involved in industries that profit from hidden, or “dark money,” in the election cycle have targeted me for defeat as a result of this legislation. Op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune.

 

I defended the bill in a debate in January 2014, with Bill Maurer of the Institute for Justice – Watch here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W0LtXcXqsU.

It is necessary for any poll regarding a candidate or ballot proposition to disclose the person paying for the poll, due to legislation I sponsored in 2013.

 

Legislators are banned from taking campaign contributions during a conversation about specific legislation. I felt as though the Capitol, of all places, is where lawmakers should be free to discuss pending legislation and/or constituent concerns. As a result, I introduced a rule change that would ban legislators from accepting campaign contributions on Capitol Hill.