Disclaimer: My father is on the Senate 23 race ballot but be aware that this blog is maintained separate from my father’s campaign and is not affiliated with his campaign. His campaign items can be found at the citizensfortasfairness.org site.
In my post on December 21, 2011 “Utah Business PAC On Education: Taxes For Thee But Not For Me” I noted how monetarily and politically powerful groups/individuals had aligned themselves under the name “Education First PAC’. In that post, I also highlighted the fact that they were lobbying to significantly increase taxes on everyone else fortunately drawing some push back from Senator Waddoups. I further noted that rather than use their money to directly further fund educational initiatives they have chose to use that money to lobby for a tax increase. Prior to above post, I noted in another post that the PAC was after the Senate 23 seat and speculated that Shumway was their preferred candidate based on his associations and the quote from a Trib article:
Education First has no intention of unseating lawmakers it sees as hostile to education, but it will groom candidates to run for vacant legislative seats, such as that of Sen. Daniel Liljenquist, the Bountiful Republican who is resigning to mount a shot at Orrin Hatch’s seat in the U.S. Senate.
In an email, sent from the big lobbying firm, the Exoro Group, I think it is safe to say that the group is firmly behind Mr. Shumway and appears to be placing significant sums of money towards his campaign:
From: Kameron Lopez [Redacted]@exoro.com
Subject: Randy Shumway for State Senate
Candidate for State Senate
The Alta Club
100 East South Temple
Friday, January 6th
8:30 am to 9:15 am
Hosted by Mark Bouchard, Natalie Gochnour, and Bob Marquardt
Continental Breakfast and Beverages
Recommended donations: $250-$2,500.
Checks payable to Friends for Randy Shumway.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate,
please send checks payable to:
Friends for Randy Shumway
[Remainder redacted to protect personal information]
This confirmation should come as no surprise. Just clicking the “About” page on the groups website reveals that Mr. Shumway is on the Steering Committee. Take a look at the page as well for a who’s who of well established power players, several of whom attended Jowers’ meeting (ironically, also at the Alta Club) that served as a jump off point to neutralise the caucus system and who were also behind the rushed and flawed HB116. The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce is represented in the group and was a huge pusher of HB116 and has consistently opposed effective E-Verify measures (identity verification by employers to protect victim identites and prevent illegal workers – fugitives/illegal immigrants/deadbeat parent etc – from obtaining the job. The Exoro Group (which sent this email) coordinated the Jowers’ meeting.
Another thought: This fund raiser will also help build a war chest should he lose this delegate election thus preparing him for the next delegate selection (caucus) meetings and subsequent election.