Wickwar: Herbert contributions illustrate need for ethics bill

Utah Governor Gary Herbert is defending his practice of accepting large campaign contributions from state contractors and those who receive state tax incentives. Utah is one of a handful of states that places no restrictions on who can donate to a campaign or how large campaign contributions can be.Cache County Democratic Party Chairman Vince Wickwar says he agrees with Democratic candidate for Governor Peter Corroon that there could be a link between Herbert’s campaign contributions and the receipt of state contracts and incentives.”In terms of the initiative that has been going around for ethical government for the last year,” Wickwar says, “it is very disconcerting to see the large sums of money the governor is receiving for his campaign. “It emphasizes the need that we have to have a good ethics bill, a strong ethics bill in place.”Governor Herbert called a news conference Monday to decry what he considers a personal attack on his integrity.

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