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Fri., July 16, 2010, 12:31 p.m.

The latest campaign finance news in 1st CD

Here's a link to my full story at on the news from the latest campaign finance reports in the 1st District congressional race, in which incumbent Congressman Walt Minnick has a million-dollar cash advantage over his Republican challenger, Raul Labrador. Labrador's reaction? "I've been outspent before, and I've beaten people who outspent me and outraised me before, so it doesn't concern me one bit."

Interestingly, eight major donors to Vaughn Ward, whom Labrador defeated in an upset in the May primary, stepped forward to give to one side or the other in the general election race - three went to Minnick, and five to Labrador. Also, Minnick attracted support from Idaho business leaders, out-of-state individuals and PACs, while Labrador's report was heavy on Idaho GOP lawmakers who are backing the two-term state representative from Eagle. You can read Labrador's full report here, and Minnick's full report here.

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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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