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.

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He has been a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and also its President. For many years he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

5 Responses to Special interests are Utah politicians’ cash cows

  1. Nancy says:

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

    Alittle Sunday morning political humor – classic Carson

    • Ken Cole says:

      That’s a great skit. I’ve never seen that one before.

    • Salle says:

      Perhaps there should be some device that does that with all politicians whenever they speak in public or elsewhere. Sure would level the playing field.

      Thanks for posting that.

  2. 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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