Did You Know?

Did you know that under current law:

Legislators can be lobbyists while serving in office. They also can lobby for themselves or a business (if it is not primarily a lobbying organization) as soon as they leave office.

What’s the matter with this?

  1. Utahns do not know whom their legislator is representing while in office–the public or their lobbying organization?
  2. We do not know whether the serving legislator is tempted to vote a certain way while in office in hopes of securing a job or a lobbying contract after the session ends.
  3. No man can serve two masters with equal faith. The master should be the people of Utah, not the lobbying organization.

A few other facts under current law:
Legislators can accept appointments to corporate boards when the corporation may have matters to come before the Legislature and when the principal qualification to serve is the legislator’s status as a legislator.

Legislators can sponsor bills that give a specific financial benefit to themselves or their business interests without sufficient disclosure of their conflicts of interest.

Legislators are not prevented from using their official positions to threaten judges and agency heads and to get employees of the executive branch fired for not ruling a certain way.

Legislators can spend campaign funds on non-campaign personal expenses.

Legislators can contribute to each other’s campaigns with money that was given to them for expected use in their own campaign. They can acquire a war chest and give money to other legislators or legislative candidates to curry favor with them and influence legislative leadership decisions.

Legislators can accept unlimited donations to their campaigns from individuals, corporations, and other special interest groups.

Our citizen-led initiative will improve the ethical landscape, assuring that legislators do not profit or appear to profit from their positions of trust.