Washington • Sen. Orrin Hatch gave $1,000 to Utah attorney general candidate Sean Reyes on Tuesday, an attempt to prove his neutrality in the Republican primary between Reyes and John Swallow.
The donation, issued Tuesday, came after The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the senator at the end of April gave $1,000 to Swallow, the current deputy attorney general. Both contributions were issued through Hatch's political action committee, OrrinPAC.
Reyes said Hatch told him he wouldn't endorse an attorney general candidate and was perplexed by the senator's contribution to his opponent. He talked Monday to Hatch's campaign manager Dave Hansen. Hansen reiterated that the senator had no intention of picking sides and agreed to match the contribution to Swallow.