HB 415, another campaign finance reform bill proposed by Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, just passed the Senate 35-0, after earlier unanimously clearing the House. This one prevents campaign contributors from getting around contribution limits by giving from multiple subsidiaries – which has happened in recent Idaho elections, perhaps most notably from various divisions of the southeastern Idaho company Melaleuca Inc. “The contribution limits that we operate under right now do not mean much if a contributor can form multiple splinter groups and circumvent the limitations,” Senate Majority Caucus Chair Brad Little, R-Emmett, told the Senate. No one disagreed.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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