- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah House member running for state Senate says it’s wrong for his incumbent opponent to receive contributions from a charter school management company.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/23wmRGB ) that Rep. Rich Cunningham says American Preparatory Schools shouldn’t be able to donate to political candidates because it receives tax dollars. The company gave Sen. Lincoln Fillmore $1,000 in November and $2,000 in January.

Fillmore says he’s “surprised and disappointed” that Cunningham is challenging the donations because the state elections office already determined they were legal.

State elections director Mark Thomas says the contribution was legitimate, but he sees why there’s concern. He says American Preparatory Schools gets some of its income from public funds, but the contribution comes from the management company, and not a charter school.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com


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