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AG reopens probe of Envision Ogden

AG reopens probe of Envision Ogden

By Associated Press | Posted - Nov. 17, 2010 at 7:58 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah attorney general's office has reopened an investigation into whether an Ogden civic group misled contributors about campaign donations it made to a pair of candidates for the city council.

The chief of the attorney general's criminal division, Scott Reed, tells The Associated Press that his office is looking at money Envision Ogden raised at a banquet dinner supposedly held to promote outdoor recreation.

Instead, much of the money went to Ogden city races.

An investigation by the Utah Department of Public Safety found Envision Ogden in 2007 transferred $20,000 to an anonymous group, Friends of Northern Utah Real Estate.

Records show the real-estate group split the money between Blain Johnson, who has left the council, and failed candidate Royal Eccles.

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