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Lobbyists ante up

Legislative candidate Mike Jorgenson is unopposed in the general election, but his campaign finance report shows that he’s raised $4,347 since his victory in the three-way GOP primary contest for a Senate seat in District 3 – almost all of it from lobbyists or big business interests that lobby the Legislature.

Jorgenson’s post-victory contributors included Idaho Power Corp. ($500), Micron Technology ($400), RJ Reynolds Tobacco ($200), and Boise lobbyists Jerry Deckard and Roger Sieber ($100 each). However, he still closed out the reporting period with a $2,317 campaign debt, according to his report.

Jorgenson raised a total of $30,423 in campaign funds this year, more than $15,000 of that his own money, to unseat Sen. Kent Bailey, R-Hayden. The three-way GOP primary also included former Sen. Clyde Boatright, R-Rathdrum, whom Bailey defeated two years ago.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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