Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R), whose office is currently reviewing video game legislation drafted by disbarred Miami attorney Jack Thompson, received a campaign contribution from the video game industry in 2008, according to public records obtained by GamePolitics.
The Entertainment Software Association, which represents the interests of U.S. video game publishers, made a $3,000 donation to Shurtleff in May of 2008. The popular, moderate Republican would go on to win an unprecedented third term in November's election.
At the same time, the ESA also made lesser contributions to a pair of state senators, Ross Romero (D) and John Valentine (R).
For his part, Shurtleff has been no stranger to video game issues in recent years.
- In 2005 he called for a boycott on Eidos's cops-and-robbers shooter 25 to Life.
- In 2006 he appeared in a public service announcement advocating the ESRB rating system.
- In 2007 he advised the Utah Legislature to delay consideration of an earlier Jack Thompson-authored bill while a federal court considered the legality of a similar measure in Oklahoma. Afterward, Thompson called for Shurtleff's impeachment. The Oklahoma law was eventually ruled unconstitutional.
UPDATE: In the original version of this article, Sen. Ross Romero was mistakenly listed as a Republican. He is a Democrat and that correction has been made.