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Of campaign donations and debts

Idaho Gov. Jim Risch has collected nearly $130,000 in campaign contributions for his run for lieutenant governor this year but has spent little of it campaigning, so he has $119,953 in campaign cash – and a $360,000 campaign debt to himself that he’s carried over since he spent his own money to defeat then-Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs in the GOP primary in 2002. Risch’s Democratic opponent, former Congressman Larry LaRocco, says that suggests that Risch’s donors this year – including big-business interests who directly benefited from his tax reform plan – could be donating directly to Risch’s pocket, as he could use the money to pay off the debt to himself. Click here to see the full story from today’s Spokesman-Review.

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

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