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Charity postpones fundraiser after protest from independent guv candidate Kemp

The Idaho Statesman is reporting that Catholic Charities of Idaho has called off a scheduled Sept. 10 roast of the four major-party candidates for governor and the 1st CD because of a threat from independent candidate for governor Jana Kemp, who suggested the charity could endanger its nonprofit status by holding the event. Click here to read a full report from Statesman reporter Rocky Barker, who reports that Kemp said in an email that the popular "Loves and Fishes" fundraiser is a "prohibited activity" for a nonprofit; it's the charity's major annual fundraiser, typically bringing in more than $40,000. Kemp also sent a letter this week to the Boise City Club protesting its decision to hold a September forum featuring Gov. Butch Otter and Democratic challenger Keith Allred, but not her.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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