- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Democrat Michael Weinholtz says he won’t accept campaign donations from lobbyists or corporations as he runs for governor this year.

Weinholtz made the pledge Wednesday at a press conference where he criticized Gov. Gary Herbert for offering to meet with lobbyists in exchange for campaign donations as he faces a battle for the GOP nomination this summer.

After The Salt Lake Tribune published a recording of the Republican governor making the offer, Herbert said this week that he was disappointed in himself and his campaign.

Weinholtz says Herbert is selling access to the governor’s office.

Herbert’s campaign did not return a message seeking comment Wednesday. The governor says his offer wasn’t illegal or unethical and he has to raise money for his campaign because he’s not wealthy.

Weinholtz is a wealthy businessman who loaned his campaign $1 million.


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