Compared to the Utah legislature, members of Congress raise much more from their local constituents-

Only 5% of the campaign money spent by candidates for the Utah legislature came from the folks in the candidates’ home legislative district.

Special interests are Utah politicians’ cash cows. Salt Lake Tribune. By Lee Davidson

This is important because of the constant drum beat pounding out the tune that the state’s are closer to the people than the astronomically far off denizens of Washington D.C.  This matters plenty when wildlife issues are considered.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Special interests are Utah politicians’ cash cows

  1. avatar Nancy says:

    http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=xKgmScYcK6g&feature=related

    Alittle Sunday morning political humor – classic Carson

  2. avatar Nancy says:

    The friend who sent it to me had this remark about it:

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. The more things change, the more things stay the same. This skit goes back to the late 80s and is still applicable today.

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