Swallow Has Financial Edge in Attorney General Race

Sep 5, 2012

John Swallow

In the race for Utah Attorney General, John Swallow has jumped way ahead of Democratic rival Dee Smith in fundraising.

Swallow, the current Deputy Attorney General, has raised $1.23 million since shortly before he won the GOP nomination in June. In contrast, Weber County attorney Dee Smith has raised about $47,000 since mid-June.

Swallow is getting much of his cash—about $250,000 of it—from a national Republican political action committee, or PAC, with ties to the Las Vegas-based casino company Wynn Resorts and Karl Rove. Swallow got another $120,000 from a PAC controlled by current Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who is not seeking reelection.