Having checked the FEC independent expenditure reports daily for the past week, I was darn surprised to see a new anti-Larry Grant TV ad yesterday – this one sponsored by the Club for Growth PAC. That group hadn’t reported any spending against Grant. But on Saturday, the Club for Growth PAC reported to the FEC that it spent more than $180,000 just that day for a TV ad air buy and production costs. It also reported a string of other smaller expenditures for Bill Sali and against Grant, including “public relations,” “Internet communications” and “mail costs.” In fact, the Washington, D.C.-based group’s entire 24-hour notice to the FEC filed Saturday, all 10 items, are about Idaho’s 1st District race, showing expenditures either for Sali or against Grant. The Club for Growth, of course, is the group that ran attack ads against Sali’s two closest competitors in the GOP primary, state Sen. Sheila Sorensen and Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez. Sali won that six-way race with just 25.8 percent of the vote.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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