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Shurtleff's VIP List

Published September 9, 2013 6:00 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Last week, we reported about questions being raised about Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's relationship with businessman Mark Robbins and whether it created a conflict of interest in an investigation into a development near UTA's Draper FrontRunner station, which Robbins had a hand in.

Apparently, the top attorneys in the office thought it created a conflict, because they have turned the case over to the feds to investigate.

One of the tidbits that raised questions about the Robbins-Shurtleff connection was an email Shurtleff sent with his VIP guest list for the 2009 inauguration. The list included Robbins as a "major contributor," but also had an extraordinary cast of characters.

Here's a rundown of who else made it into Shurtleff's inner-circle:

• Tim Lawson — Fixer, friend and key player in the various and sundry allegations of misconduct

• Ted Johnson — CEO of The Tax Club, defendant in FTC action

• Jeremy Johnson — founder of I Works, sued by FTC and facing criminal charges

• Rob Stahura — Formerly of Mentoring of America, which was sued by the FTC

• Sov Ouk — A friend who, according to City Weekly, Shurtleff helped out.

• Alan Dayton — Utah lobbyist for several clients, including, at one time, I Works

• Ryan Poelman — Formerly of Bloosky, an online marketing business

• Jason Brailow — Direct marketer cited by state, former business partner of Jeremy Johnson

• James Bramble — Attorney for USANA

• Bryan Davis & Gordon Morton — Co-founders of Xango

• Steve Creamer — At the time was CEO of EnergySolutions

• Patrick Byrne — Founder of Overstock.com

• Mitch Jensen, David Biggs, Joe Steele — Big donors who landed a major contract from the AG to handle a drug lawsuit

• George Brunt & Randy Garn — Lawyer for and founder of, respectively, Prosper, Inc., which was sued by the FTC

• Mike Moffitt — President of Gold Cross Ambulance

• Doug Foxley — Utah lobbyist whose clients include payday loan industry

• Chris Kyler — Executive director of Utah Association of Realtors, lobbyist

• Bob Lichfield — Founder of a chain of teen wilderness reform camps

• Betty Ariel — Former lobbyist for EnergySolutions

• Mark Robbins — Figure in Draper UTA project, former partner of Marc Sessions Jenson Documents raise questions about AG's probe of UTA deal

—Robert GehrkeTwitter: @RobertGehrke