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Letter: Lee, Reid named in Swallow probe shows need for system change

Published March 20, 2014 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The recent naming of two U.S. senators, Harry Reid and Mike Lee, as possibly having committed "pay to play" crimes stemming from the John Swallow investigation lets us all understand that corruption isn't restricted to any one political party ("Names of Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Mike Lee pop up in probe," Tribune, March 13).

The constant need for campaign funds that turns politicians to committing campaign financing fraud should make people look long and hard at changing the system. While Reid and Lee cannot agree on much of anything to move bipartisan legislation forward, it shows me the need for campaign money extends across the aisle.

Political corruption is what is causing Americans to lose faith in the democratic process. Hats off to the two prosecutors for shining a light on this. These men must be getting tremendous pressure to turn a blind eye to this situation, particularly after the Department of Justice bailed out prematurely. Stick with it, gentlemen! This will make a great movie.

William Stratton

Salt Lake City