Monday, January 14, 2008

Trib: Greg Curtis more obscene than Porn

With an opening like this, you know you're going to have a great editorial:

Forget pornography. If you want to see something really obscene on the Internet, go to elections.utah.gov/candidates.html, click on campaign "financial disclosure reports," and look up Utah House Speaker Greg Curtis, R-Sandy. Then settle back and prepare to be appalled.
A brewery. A tobacco company. A beer wholesalers association. Looks like Curtis will cash any check.
Cruise that 24-page list of campaign contributors - Anheuser-Busch, Bayer, Chevron, Delta. Curtis's corporate benefactors start with every letter of the alphabet except "X." (He'll have to give XMission a call.)


Oh, but it gets better:

Then check out Curtis's campaign expenditures - plane tickets, phone bills, parking, gasoline. Thank-you cards, Christmas cards and the stamps to send them. Flowers and books, billboards and maps. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, all in the name of getting elected?
Apparently, if the lobbyists weren't buying, Curtis and his campaign fund picked up the tab. Ah, it's good to be king.
Now look at that bottom line. Curtis reported a balance of $228,058 on Jan. 5, a full 10 months before the general election. No doubt he'll collect a lot more as the Day of Decision draws near. Of course, he could also take the money and run. Curtis reclaimed his seat by only 20 votes in 2006, so, who knows? He might decide to call it quits and spend the money on a vacation home, or a yacht, or a trip around the world.
Amazingly, Utah lawmakers, upon their retirement, can spend leftover campaign cash however they please.


Greg Curtis, the best(?) legislator money can buy.

Can you say bribery?

1 comment:

WP said...

Curtis is an atheist or something isn't he? No member of the predominant religion in this state would be so loose with his ethics. Why, to me, does there seem to be such hypocrisy among so many from the top to the bottom? You would think the way our state government does not work here we were a 3rd world dictatorship or at best a state in the deep south where the good old boy network and patronage is king.

If we had a two party system in this state maybe we would not have such abuse like Curtis ad his friends.