Donor Admits Giving $150K to Straw Donors for U.S. Senate Candidates

A businessman has admitted providing $150,000 to straw donors who then contributed to candidates in the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Utah.  

Jeremy Johnson, a Utah businessman, stated in an affidavit, he laundered $50,000 through straw donors to the 2010 campaign of Sen. Mike Lee , R-Utah, and $100,000 to Mark Shurtleff, R-Utah, who was considering a 2010 Senate race, but later dropped out.  It is illegal to give contributions in the names of others in federal elections.  

Johnson is a Utah businessman currently under indictment for fraud, and under investigation in a civil suit by the Federal Trade Commission.  

The disclosure came with the unsealing this week of a search warrant  for the records of the campaign manager of Utah's former Attorney General John Swallow. Swallow is under an ongoing criminal investigation. The search warrant was supported by the affidavit of Jeremy Johnson. Johnson claimed he laundered the funds at the request of John Swallow.  

View Salt Lake City Tribune article , "Johnson: Swallow had me launder donations to Lee's campaign ."