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In emails released by the attorney general’s office under an open-records request, Lawson contacted Shurtleff frequently about fundraising meetings for the attorney general. The emails show Lawson helped bring tens of thousands of dollars to Shurtleff’s political campaigns.
Lawson also spoke in the emails of his friendship with Gov. Gary Herbert. On Friday, Herbert’s office distanced the governor from Lawson.
"He knows [Lawson] but hasn’t talked to him in years," said Herbert’s spokesman, Marty Carpenter.
Carpenter said he checked with Herbert’s campaign fundraisers and found that Lawson never raised any money for the governor.
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