Who’s Dime: Utah’s Roaming Attorney General

A while ago, I noticed that Utah Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff seemed to be out of town quite a bit and many of the trips involved personal business (such as book promotions) and personal initiatives (such as illegal immigrant amnesty).  I decided to take a look at his travels and tried to weed out trips that were either remotely work-related or clear family vacations and removed weekends.  Below is the list, with links, of apparently personal business conducted during weekdays.  Be aware that there were several other work-related trips both in and out of state he has taken (he must have a massive travel budget and seems to take more trips than Governor Herbert) and many events below really involve several days due to travel from/to Utah.  Sorry for the rough note nature but it’s all I had time for.

The main question raised, of course, is if these trips were paid for by the State and/or salary and other expenses claimed?  I certainly hope that the below were conducted while on accumulated or unpaid leave and not charged to taxpayers.  Secondarily, what is the cost to tax payers of the work-related trips he has taken that are not documented below?  Finally, do other State Attorney Generals rack-up this much travel, even if it were directly work-related?

June 14, 2012
Speaking on comprehensive immigration reform @AILANational Conference in Nashville #AILA = 11,000 legal professionals. pic.twitter.com/urizUJBh

June 12, 2012
[Met with Preston Clark of TheLawInsider.com  – NY based – not sure where they met or if discussion related to June 11 or June 14 immigration summits.  Likely, they did not meet in Utah]:
Great meeting with @MarkShurtleff yesterday.

June 11, 2012
Southeast Summit: Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America in Atlanta, GA.  Mr. Shurtleff is listed as part of “The Southeast Summit Host Committee”.

June 8, 2012
Slave Dred Scott sued for freedom in this Bldg. while slave auctions were held on its steps. Today we dedicate stat… 4sq.com/Ltsf4N
See also:
Historic Day in St. Louis. I speak @ unveiling of first ever statue of #DredScott & wife Harriet! bit.ly/MspmTd pic.twitter.com/igrYUdmj

April 28-?, 2012
Trip to Israel (leading a group)
SHALOM from Israel! Co-leading TourIsraelNow.com w/ Laura Green. Thx Heath & @HayLeeShurtleff 4 staying @ our home. pic.twitter.com/3Bd3PnVD

March 16, 2012
Retweet (original sent by Arturo Sarukhan):
Productive meeting with @MarkShurtleff #Utah AG, a constructive player in promoting balanced debate on UT immigration law [also tweeted in Spanish]
Sent from Arlington VA (still in DC area).
Great honor to meet today with el Embajador de México en Estados Unidos @Arturo_Sarukhan!

March 15, 2012
Sent to Paul Murphy by Shurtleff – note tweet also included location/map from Fairfax VA.
@PaulMurphysLaw: @MarkShurtleff #Utah AG got to hang out with George Clooney & Mumford and Sons at the White House dinner for British PM.

March 14, 2012
Honor to be @whitehouse State Dinner tonight for UK Prime Minister Cameron @Number10gov. History of PM/Pres relation: http://bit.ly/wpQOWU

March 13, 2012
Speaking @UUtah today @LatinosInAction Conf. So proud Utah let’s all these great teens pay in-state college tuition! http://pic.twitter.com/ybjnY1Zo

March 2, 2012 (likely related to the Feb 29 trip?) – Looks like promotion of his book.
Guest speaker w/ @DredScottFndtn gg.daughter @ Indiana Black History Day re my #AmINotAMan novel. http://1.usa.gov/xzUJbI http://pic.twitter.com/2UWyCop4

February 29, 2012
#GottaLove Business Class on @Boeing 767-300ER! #ThankfulFor #SkyMiles upgrades! pic.twitter.com/cu1W8vL9
*Note not sure where/what he was travelling to.

February 14, 2012
Speak @11:30 re Dred Scott & love & help launch fundraiser to save historic SLC African Methodist Episcopal Church. http://bit.ly/A3rwBN
(see interfaithroundtable.org/AME.htm)

February 9, 2012
Scheduled to be in Mesquite – not sure what for (see also here where ‘reschedule’ is confirmed).

January 27, 2012
Had dinner in NYC w/ Law & Order Crim Intent star Vince D’Onofrio. Asked me to ask u if he should start tweeting. Should he? RT

December 6 – 9 ,2011 (or more)
Washington DC to lobby for Cordray nomination (problematic Consumer Finance Protection Bureau) and “…to attend a White House Christmas party Friday…”

November 24, 2011
Come Fri 2-4 @SouthTowneMall @ get a copy of my novel. Proceeds to @ChildHelpWF. AND some guy named Richard Paul Evans also signing books!

November 15, 2011
On panel Th 9-12 w/ #BCS apologists. @TJSL Thomas Jefferson School of Law Sports Law Symposium in San Diego.
**Note: semi-work related but left in as indication of amount of out-of-state travel.

November 11, 2011 – Utah Compact Media Event (State Employee holiday – did he claim hours)
– How much event preparation did he conduct prior to that date?

November 10, 2011 – In the morning – National Immigration Forum (sponsor of Oct 26 Summit) conference call lasting about 50 minutes on AZ election of Jerry Lewis.  Shurtleff also seems to have been a proponent to recall Pearce…Did he use any State time to assist the Lewis campaign (thus interfering in a separate State’s election):

November 1, 2011
Speaking on panel @SiliconValleyCF on #Immigration Reform: A Call to Action. W/ Sacramento Bishop Soto & @AliNoorani of @ImmPolitic

October 26, 2011
Participated (on panel, I believe) in Mountain West Immigration Summit – all day event
@MarkShurtleff and Chief Burbank next up at #MWSummit
“@KSLbbruce: @MarkShurtleff hosting a one-day summit on immigration in Salt Lake City today – you can follow it on twitter: #MWSummit”

October 24, 2011
I’m “Speaking to America” on #immigration reform at #NIIC in Seattle. Tweet me your questions @markshurtleff & #niic

October 23, 2011
Speaking to America Plenary of National #Immigrant Integration Conf in Seattle Mon. http://www.integrationconference.org @gatesfoundation


2 thoughts on “Who’s Dime: Utah’s Roaming Attorney General

  1. Perhaps government officials should be required to file all their travel expenses online. My only apprehension is that I wouldn’t want it to be a burdensome task for them. It wouldn’t need to be, though. They could be required to use the same credit card for all government-paid expenses they charged and the card could be programmed to post the information on the Internet automatically.

    • I don’t think it would be burdensome at all and I don’t think you would even need a programmed credit card. Now almost everything is completed electronically. Travel requests or completed travel could be easily posted. I believe several states and government agencies put their purchases and purchase requests online as well. I don’t think Utah is one of those, however.

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