- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The state elections office is looking into whether the company running a public charter school system used private dollars to donate to a Utah senate campaign.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1QSYpqu) Republican delegates recently chose businessman Lincoln Fillmore to replace an outgoing senator. American Preparatory Schools is a private company that manages public charter schools and donated $1,000 for Fillmore’s campaign.

Fillmore says similar to his own company Charter Solutions, the donation is from a private entity rather than the schools themselves.

Utah lieutenant governor’s office elections director Mark Thomas says a written complaint prompted the office to probe the donation. He said if any public money was used for the donation, it would violate state statute.

Gov. Gary Herbert is being sent Fillmore’s name for certification.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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