- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Republican candidate for governor and Overstock.com board chair Jonathan Johnson has received a $250,000 contribution from his company’s CEO.

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne had already donated $350,000 to Johnson’s campaign and political action committee.

The donation last week came as Johnson and GOP rival Gov. Gary Herbert sparred over fundraising in their primary election battle.

Johnson criticized the governor for offering to meet with lobbyists in exchange for campaign donations.

Herbert, in turn, criticized Johnson for funding most of his campaign with Byrne’s money, calling Byrne a “sugar-daddy rich guy.”

Johnson said he’s not beholden to Byrne, and they disagree on several issues.

Herbert and Johnson will face off for the Republican nomination in a June 28 primary election.

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