The Latest: Utah GOP group plans to pay party legal bills

November 3, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Utah GOP lawsuit over a state elections law (all times local):

4 p.m.

A group of Utah Republicans says it has secured money to pay the Utah GOP’s legal bills for a lawsuit challenging a state law that allows candidates to bypass the party’s traditional nominating process for a primary election.

Republicans who’ve formed a nonprofit called Grassroots Republic on Friday said they’ve raised thousands of dollars to pay for the party’s legal case and a Utah Republican and tech company CEO has offered to pick up the rest of the cost.

Grassroots Republic spokesman Phill Wright did not have details Friday about how much money the party has raised but says the funds will allow the party to press its case and protect its nominating system.

The group’s announcement is a response to Utah GOP chair Rob Anderson’s decision to drop the lawsuit, citing high legal bills.


8:20 a.m.

Utah Republican Party Chairman Rob Anderson says the party is dropping its lawsuit challenging the state law that allows candidates to bypass the traditional nominating process for a primary election.

Unhappy with Anderson’s Wednesday announcement, some members of the party’s governing State Central Committee say they could push for his removal during its Saturday meeting in Park City.

The committee members have questioned Anderson’s authority for the action and have previously threatened removal should he end the suit.

Anderson says the suit that’s pending in a federal appeals court has created a deficit lasting three years, and the party has $323,000 in unpaid legal bills.

The party’s top officers met with the budget committee and voted to end the suit, which Anderson says was allowed by its bylaws.

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