Sunday, July 12, 2020

Utah’s Independent American Party is seeing explosive growth, but it’s unclear what’s driving it

Utah’s Independent American Party is seeing explosive growth, but it’s unclear what’s driving it
David Else - Utah IAP State Chairman

by McKhelyn Jones, Salt Lake Tribune 

Orem - A quaint house sits in a quiet neighborhood that looks like any other family residence. Inside, however, the home acts as a meeting place for an inexplicable political phenomenon that has gone largely unnoticed.

Owned by Greg Duerden, the home is a campaign hub for Utah’s third largest political party: the Utah Independent American Party, which has seen a dramatic influx of new voters in recent years.

The party’s membership has more than quadrupled in the past four years, jumping from 10,601 at the end of 2015 to about 50,000 at last count.

The explosive growth of this ultraconservative organization- whose most famous member nationally is Nevada rancher and federal government critic Cliven Bundy -can’t be explained by campaign spending on advertising, outreach or conventions.

According to campaign finance records, the party spent $1,730 on advertising between 2016 and 2018, less than the dominant Utah Republican Party spent on just one round of printing in 2018...

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