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Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK) CEO Patrick Byrne Pays Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to Defame a Blogger

It is perfectly legitimate for companies to donate monies to politicians to help further their political interests. There are also instances in which elected officials have accepted large sums of money to do favors for corporations. As I will be describing in this blog post, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff sold out the integrity of his office, as the chief legal officer of the state of Utah, for a mere $5,000 campaign contribution as a favor to Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK).Here is what happened:The Utah Attorney General’s Office invited me to make a presentation at its 14th Annual White Collar Crime ConferenceIn August 2007, the Deputy Attorney General Richard Hamp invited me to appear at the Utah Attorney General’s 14th Annual White Collar Crime Conference after reading my blog and whitecollarfraud.com web site and watching my appearance on CNBC's Business Nation that aired in June 2007.I agreed to make my presentation for no fees and took no cost reimbursements, as has been…

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff once caught removing opponent's campaign signs

Mark Shurtleff is seeking re-election as Utah State Attorney General. However, many voters are unaware that in 1998 Mark Shurtleff, running as a GOP candidate for the Salt Lake City Commission, was caught removing his opponent's campaign signs by the police.According to a 1998 article in the Deseret News:…Mark Shurtleff was caught pulling down one of his opponent's campaign signs…. Shurtleff pulled down the Reberg sign on Union Park Avenue near 7500 South. West Valley resident Allen Hose, who has worked on Democratic campaigns, saw him do it and made a few calls, including to the local police. The Salt Lake City Tribune also reported:Republican Mark Shurtleff, who has stressed honesty and integrity in his campaign, admitted his actions to police….While Mark Shurtleff still claims to espouse “honesty and integrity” as the cornerstone for his current re-election bid to be Utah State Attorney General, in reality he is the best corrupt public official that the unprincipled managem…