Secretly taped audio revealed him telling a group of lobbyists during that campaign that he would be willing to meet anytime, anywhere to discuss topics of interest with donors.
Another $8,245 went to make “governor coins,” given to visitors as souvenirs. Also, $9,220 went to holiday cards, and just over $2,000 was spent on gifts.
He reimbursed the state just over $13,000 for travel on a trade mission. He spent nearly $11,000 at restaurants for food for what he lists as the “capitol working group.”
Seventeen donors gave $10,000 each: 1-800 Contacts, Academy Mortgage, Alan Ashton (Thanksgiving Point founder), Dentaquest, Gail Miller (Utah Jazz owner), Gay Phillips, IM Flash, Lifetime Products, Merit Medical, Motorola, O.C. Tanner Co., Reagan Outdoor Advertising, Select Health, TAC Air, Utah Rural Telecom Association, Wang Organization and Wasatch Acquisition & Capital.
Herbert’s new disclosure forms include many large donations, at least for a nonelection year, from special interests.