Utah GOP chair says getting out of debt is top priority

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The new Chair of the Utah Republican Party has only had the job for one week but he’s already hard at work. 

Rob Anderson has a long list of things he wants to accomplish, but one of the first items of business is to climb the Republican Party out of debt.

In a sit down interview with Chief Political Correspondent Glen Mills, Anderson said the debt is worse than he thought it was. During the State Organizing Convention earlier this month, Anderson estimated the party debt to be about $400,000 — including legal fees and operational costs, but on Inside Utah Politics, Anderson said the figure is north of that, but declined to give an exact amount.

Anderson said he is scrambling to find a way to meet even the immediate obligations.

“The thing I’m finding as I dig into the books is our fiscal integrity has been compromised, so we need to restore that and we need to work on that first. We’ve got a situation where I’m having an issue with payroll at the end of the month, I haven’t paid rent for this month yet,” Anderson explained.

Anderson is confident that he can get the fundraising up to get the budget in the black by this fall. In the meantime, he said he’s reaching out to elected officials for donations.

Anderson also talked about reaching out to former members who recently left the party, and more.

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