Ethics group wants to limit campaign contributions in Utah

One statewide group is applauding Governor Gary Herbert and his opponent Peter Corroon for considering campaign contribution limits as the November election nears. Kim Burningham is chair of Utahns for Ethical Government (UEG). “The last figures I looked at indicated that there are only four states in the union that have no campaign contribution limits, so we’re a small, shrinking minority. We need limits to be in place.” Burningham emphasized UEG is a non-partisan organization. “We’re just encouraging movement towards campaign limits, however it comes. Governor Herbert said that he is open to the possibility. We strongly encourage him to move in that direction to take the leadership as the Governor and set some strong campaign contribution limits in the executive branch. “We applaud Mayor Corroon for pushing in the same way. We’re on both sides of the fence and want those limits.” Burningham said UEG has secured the required number of citizen signatures to put ethics reform legislation on the ballot for 2012. “If all of that is certified, and we’re in that process now, then they will appear on the 2012 ballot for the public to vote. There is one distinguishing difference: our initiative only deals with the legislative branch. It needed to do so to avoid any constitutional questions.” Burningham said UEG believes these reforms should be adopted in all arms of government and that if the legislative branch adopted limits it would also move to the executive branch. “The Herbert-Corroon discussion, of course, deals with the executive branch and we applaud limits wherever they occur. They need to happen.” Burningham acknowledged the legislature’s passage of ethics reform measures in this year’s legislative session. “The one area they didn’t touch, and absolutely refused to vote, was on campaign contribution limits, the issue which is now before the public. They didn’t act on that, they need to act on it.”

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