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Four and half years ago, John Swallow was the Republican candidate for the Utah 2nd Congressional District, running against first term incumbent Jim Matheson.  Matheson was targeted by the RNC as vulnerable and Swallow's campaign was particularly nasty.  It pissed me off.  

I did a little research in opensecrets.org on who was contributing to Mr. Swallow's campaign.  It looked screwy -- it looked like corporations were contributing, it looked like individuals were contributing more than allowed by law, and it looked like individuals were trying to hide excess contributions by giving the money under the names of their kids.  

So, I filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission.  

It's been so long since I filed the complaint, I thought the matter had been dropped or my complaint ignored.  It wasn't.  

On Tuesday I was surprised and thrilled to get a package in the mail from the FEC consisting of five general counsel reports and four conciliation agreements -- about an inch of paper in total.  It turns out that some of my suspicions were accurate. The FEC investigation uncovered several law breaking miscreants.  

The election law violations were resolved via conciliation agreements.  The respondents paid fines and agreed to "cease and desist from violating" the law.

One of the people who paid a fine and agreed to sin no more is Robert B. Lichfield of Toquerville, Utah.  (Side note: Toquerville is a conservative suburb of LaVerkin, the Utah town that tried to outlaw the UN)  

Here's a short description of Lichfield from Utah's very conservative newspaper, The Deseret Morning News(May 22, 2006):

Robert B. Lichfield is the single largest individual donor to Republicans in Utah, giving at least $212,000 to GOP politicians since 2003. He is also No. 6 on the overall list of individual Utah donors.
     He is the owner of Teen Help, which operates sometimes controversial treatment facilities, schools and other programs for troubled teens.
     An example of how his donations may bring influence is that in 2004, Utah House Speaker Marty Stephens blocked floor consideration of a bill opposed by Lichfield that would have brought state regulation to his boarding schools for troubled teens.
     Six days after the legislative session ended, Lichfield donated $30,000 to Stephens' campaign for governor.

Swell guy.

Lichfield is the deep pocket behind RECAF Inc., the company that contributed $250,000 to unsuccessful Maine gubernatorial candidate Chandler Woodcock.  Why would a rich crackpot in rural Utah contribute to a Maine governor's race?  To help fellow Latter Day Saint Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, of course.  Read about that connection in this Salt Lake Tribune article: Lichfield - Romney Connections

Originally posted to SClayton on Thu May 31, 2007 at 05:11 PM PDT.

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  •  Romney Talks Up His Massachusets Experience (7+ / 0-)

    Because he wants to live down the Utah connection.

    Sure he can say his campaign won't be run by the LDS church, but like every other candidate he is selling influence to his donors. So it won't be the LDS church, it'll be wealthy Utah crackpots.

    Yep, Utah will be running DOJ (already did much of the damage there), NIH, State Dept, Education, etc etc etc.

    Be afraid, be very afraid.

    •  Roughly 15% of his 1st quarter money came (3+ / 0-)

      from Utah.

      -5.88, -7.49 "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."-JFK

      by cjallen on Thu May 31, 2007 at 05:21:52 PM PDT

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    •  The last thing that would give any credibility (6+ / 0-)

      to any candidate is for the state where Bush gets his highest approval rating to endorse him.

      I'm glad you said this:

      So it won't be the LDS church, it'll be wealthy Utah crackpots.

      Frustratingly true.  Having lived in that state for a little more than a decade and having seen that the way they vote is essentially against the teachings of the predominant religion, one can only be afraid at what happens when a homogenous group of people get together.  The Mormon church as an institution is apolitical;  unfortunately the wealthy--and thus somewhat powerful--crackpots you refer to are not.

      ...don't blame me, I voted for Ned!

      by theark on Thu May 31, 2007 at 05:26:25 PM PDT

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      •  The Loyal Bushies Reddest of the Red States (0+ / 0-)

        They'll talk up his liberal past and beg forgiveness, but Romney's election would amount to a hard right turn.

      •  Whoa. . . (0+ / 0-)

        I grew up in Utah, in the Mormon Church and spent most of 35 years there.

        The Mormon church as an institution is apolitical;

        I would rather strongly disagree.  I don't have any axes to grind and I don't want to disparage or name call the many good people who follow that church's teachings.  BUT. . . I don't know how many times you have to be told or it be read between the lines, heavily insinuated or just out and out said that you cannot really be a member in good standing and a Democrat.  So that is not exactly "apolitical."

        Don't want to get into anything or side track this thread, but I just wanted to put my .02 in.  Not saying all in the church have had this experience, but I saw it in a lot of different congregations during my 35 years.  There is also their "belief" that a Mormon will be President of the US in the end times, "when the constitution hangs by a thread". . .which is a bit closer to being a scary thought than it ever was before.

        *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

        by Shirl In Idaho on Thu May 31, 2007 at 07:21:52 PM PDT

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        •  Mormon will be President of the US (0+ / 0-)

          in the end times?

          linky?

          •  Wish I could give you a linky (0+ / 0-)

            Just something I was taught growing up in the church.  It was mentioned rather often in those days.

            I wouldn't have any idea where you might search it out.  The PBS special on the Mormon's mentioned it subtly and only in passing.  That special aired about a month ago or so and you may be able to locate it at pbs.org.

            Maybe it was all congregational myth. . .but Joseph Smith did try to run for the presidency which really didn't come to much as I recall, but it was supposedly because of the "prophecy" or revelation that such a thing would happen.

            I've now been away from the church more years than I was a part of it although at one time I was quite well read and up on all things Morman.  Since 1960 I have been far more interested in studies of other philosophies, so I could not pretend to have any special knowing these days.

            *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

            by Shirl In Idaho on Fri Jun 01, 2007 at 11:27:28 AM PDT

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  •  Good work! (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    high uintas, mango, DBunn

     It is interesting, what a little investigating and effort turns up.
     Do these people think they are above the law?  Looks like they did...oops.

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

    by drchelo on Thu May 31, 2007 at 05:22:19 PM PDT

  •  Now THIS is what I call activism! n/t (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    high uintas, Marshall Collins

    / Makes me wanna holler and throw up both my hands. -- Marvin Gaye /

    by Sagittarius on Thu May 31, 2007 at 06:26:55 PM PDT

  •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Shirl In Idaho, Marshall Collins

    for posting this. And good work!

    utahgirl

  •  This guy preys on families in crisis. (0+ / 0-)

    Lichfield is scum.  He's a college drop-out who became director of residential programs at an institution for teenagers that was then closed by the state for cruelty to children.  Now he has several of these brutal internment camps he calls schools and completely disregards licensing laws and oversight from the state.  A damn good republican.

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