Shurtleff spent $730,000 on re-election bid

Chris Rizo Jan. 27, 2009, 12:02am

Mark Shurtleff (R)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Legal Newsline)-Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff spent $730,315 on his November reelection race.

Campaign finance disclosures show that the popular Republican attorney general spent seven times the $105,700 spent by his Democratic challenger, attorney Jean Welch Hill.

Shurtleff raked in large contributions from: online marketing firm i-Works, $50,000; The Tax Club, $40,000; Internet provider Bloosky, $35,000; CW Management, $30,150; 1-800-CONTACTS, $25,000; and $20,000 from Pre-Paid Legal Services, the Deseret News reported.

Campaign data posted on the Utah Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert's Web site indicates that Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. spend the most last year of any statewide candidate. He spent $824,684, or nine times the amount spent by Democrat Bob Springmeyer.

Shurtleff handily won a third term as the state's chief legal officer in November, taking nearly 70 percent of the vote in his race against Hill and Libertarian candidate W. Andrew McCullough.

He was elected to a second term in 2004 with 68 percent of the vote.

"Mark Shurtleff is a popular politician and most people approve of his job," Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, told Legal Newsline in a pre-election.

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