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Statehouse candidates disclose their campaign donors

Patrick ParkinsonOf the Record staff

With this year’s anti-incumbency movement gaining steam in Summit County, a supporter of the Tea Party and a local conservative 912 group has given money to a political newcomer challenging Coalville Republican Mel Brown, a legislative stalwart who some see as vulnerable this year amid frustration from the far right.

Brown is facing stiff opposition from Wanship Republican Jon Hellander in the June 22 primary race in state House District 53.

Candidates for the state Legislature were required to file financial disclosures on Tuesday and they indicate that Brown has outspent his opponent by nearly $7,500.

The incumbent entered the primary campaign with $6,467 in his account. Brown has spent about $9,644 this year and has $2,319 on hand, according to the report the legislator filed with state elections officials.

Brown has raised about $11,963 this year.

After spending about $2,197 this year, Hellander has nearly $4,100 on hand. He has raised about $6,297 since his campaign began.

One of the largest contributions to Hellander’s campaign came from North Summit resident Jacqueline Smith. Smith, founder of the conservative STAR Forum, gave Hellander $500.

The Friends of Carl Wimmer PAC is another notable contributor to the Hellander campaign. Wimmer is a Republican state representative who is helping lead a new wave of ultra-conservatism on Utah’s Capitol Hill. The organization donated $400 to Hellander’s campaign.

Arizona residents Dan and Elizabeth Reeb and Coalville-based Lyndon Jones Construction each contributed $1,000 to Hellander’s campaign. Hellander received a $600 donation from Peoa resident Scott Simmons. Morgan County residents Brett and Jennie Earl donated $300 and Coalville-based Utelite Corporation contributed $250 to Hellander’s campaign.

Several people in western and eastern Summit County donated $100 or $50 to Hellander.

Meanwhile, Energy Solutions is Brown’s most recognizable contributor. The radioactive waste-disposal firm donated $250 to his re-election effort.

Brown received $1,000 from the Utah House Republican Election Committee. ATK Launch Systems and Utelite each contributed $500 to Brown’s campaign. Brown received $100 from U.S. Magnesium and the Parsons Behle and Latimer law firm and Coalville-based Terra Engineering and Construction each contributed $250 to Brown.

District 53 includes portions of Summit, Wasatch, Morgan, Daggett and Rich counties. Brown’s primary election report does not list anyone from the Park City area who contributed to his campaign.

Disclosures filed by Democrats

Salt Lake City Democrats Joel Briscoe and Anthony Kaye will vie in a June 22 primary in the race for state House District 25. Comprised mostly of Salt Lake City residents, the district also includes a large chunk of the Snyderville Basin.

Kaye had outspent Briscoe this week. According to his financial disclosure form, Kaye spent about $7,559 and had $1,511 on hand.

Briscoe had spent about $6,489 and had $4,536 on hand. He received a $100 donation during the primary from Ranch Place resident Leonard McGee.

Briscoe also received $1,000 from Salt Lake City resident John Netto, a former candidate in the District 25 race. Salt Lake City resident Mark Bettilyon and Reagan Outdoor Advertising donated $500 each to Briscoe.

Kaye is an attorney at Ballard Spahr in Salt Lake City, which made a $5,000 contribution to Kaye’s campaign. Salt Lake City resident Branden Burningham, Pennsylvania resident John Lavelle and Pennsylvania resident David Pollack each contributed $250 to Kaye.

Kaye’s primary disclosure report does not list anyone from the Park City area who contributed to his campaign.