Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Governor Huntsman and Not Spending Money

From today's Tribune: Governor Huntsman has promised to not spend money on his re- election campaign. He wants to do it all on name recognition and free press. After one year, Governor Huntsman is confident he can ask for votes only, not money in protest of the obscene amounts of money spent on political campaigns. After 28 years, couldn't Senator Orrin Hatch make a similar commitment? On the contrary, his campaign manager uses the threat of death by over- spending to discourage challengers.

4 Comments:

Blogger Reach Upward said...

Nice parallel.

9/14/2005 06:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe its just me but this 'noble gesture' of not (needing) to spend/raise money seems to smack of arrogance to me...only one year in office and he's so confident he'll be re-elected that he's already saying he won't need to raise money?

I mean really, why bother with the whole tiresome 'campaign' anyways...We the voters don't care, it would be much nicer if the Governor would just tell us what to think rather than having a choice and thinking for ourselves.

I realize this is extreme, but come to think of it I doubt Sadam Hussein ever needed to raise any money either - just relied on the 'free press' you know. - Ryan

9/14/2005 08:20:00 AM  
Blogger BenJoe said...

Clearly the article shows me that Huntsman knows nothing about money or the campaign. Not that I am an expert but I have been there. Two things stand out in my mind to help solidify my feelings:

1. I remember at a Debate at the SLC Library between Huntsman and Karras, they asked, "Who are your top donors." Huntsman replied something like, "Two aunts a cousin and an uncle" or something like that. Aka, his family paid.

2. I was talking to his son at an event at the Little America. This was about two days before the State Convention and his son said, "I made 20 bucks today and I am going to make $50 tomorrow." I asked why and he replied, "My dad pays me $8 an hour to come to all his events."

WHAT! He has to pay his own kids! I wonder if it came out of campaign funds? If so, he is going to need to raise enough money just pay his kids to come to his events.

9/15/2005 08:27:00 AM  
Blogger Seth said...

To benjoe and his comment about having spoken to Governor Huntsman's son at Little America 2-days before the State Convention...you sir are a liar. There was no event at Little America 2-days before the State Convention for either of the Governor's two sons to have attended and been paid to come to.

9/18/2005 07:45:00 AM  

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