Here’s a news item from AP: BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Federal Election Commission concluded its own staff failed to adequately assist then-U.S. Rep. Bill Sali file a 2008 campaign finance report. In a May 1 memo, FEC staff members wrote the “repeated failure on the part of Commission staff to promptly follow-up…and help them with their software problem” led to the Republican House member’s tardy July 2008 quarterly filing. At the time, Sali’s staff cited data file woes to explain troubles posting to the FEC Web site before a federally mandated deadline. A phone call to Sali, who lost to Democrat Walt Minnick in November, wasn’t returned Tuesday. In an e-mail to supporters, however, he blasted media and Minnick for “innuendo” suggesting reporting improprieties. Sali said, “They bear the real blame” for negative publicity. Sali also wrote he’s making an “earnest examination” of a possible 2010 GOP primary run.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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