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Letter: Cost of running for office getting out of hand
First Published Apr 14 2014 09:17 am • Last Updated Apr 14 2014 09:17 am

Re "Utahns among mega-donors unleashed by court ruling," Tribune, April 7:

Isn’t this getting out of hand? What if all these political contributions went to public education or cleaning up the air? Think of all the junk mail we wouldn’t get.

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The cost of a political campaign is beyond reason. I filed as a candidate for the House 30 minutes prior to the end of the deadline. Yes, it was a hasty decision. Then I learned that a good campaign runs $40,000 for the House (and $100,000 for the Utah Senate — I was getting off cheap). Multiply that by the number of people in this state running for the House and Senate. Wow, we could solve some problems.

I taught school for 30 years and learned to do a lot with very little. I’ve already dusted off my city council signs and pasted over "Bluffdale City Council" on both of them. So instead of asking for money, perhaps I should ask my former students to simply make a sign "Colleen Bliss — House #41."

I’d feel better about that than asking all my friends and family for money or finding a mega-donor.

Colleen Bliss


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