Matt Ellsworth, campaign director for Jim Risch’s U.S. Senate campaign, had this response today to the Idaho Democratic Party’s FEC complaint against Risch:
“This is a desperate act of a desperate party with a candidate who is 28 points behind. When voters are turning away from you on the issues, baseless attacks are all that are left. This mailing was 100% paid for by the Risch Campaign; proper postage, printing, sorting everything. This complaint is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.”
Ellsworth said that while the non-profit Idaho Right to Life bulk-mailing permit stamp appeared on the fundraising solicitation, the Risch campaign actually paid for the mailing, at the full political rate, paying the difference between that and the non-profit rate. “We paid directly to the mail house,” Ellsworth said. “We don’t own a bulk mail permit stamp.” Click here to see an image of the mailing, and here to read the letter to the FEC from the Idaho Democratic Party.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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