As the election campaign moves into its final days, candidates or committees that make big contributions or independent expenditures within two weeks of the election have to file notices with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office within 48 hours. Those 48-hour notices are flowing in now, particularly in the governor’s race. Gov. Butch Otter reports that he loaned his campaign $206,000 on Thursday; he also reported $6,500 in big last-minute contributions since last Tuesday, plus another $12,000 last Monday. His Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, reported $63,900 in big contributions since last Tuesday, and loaned his campaign $11,000 on Wednesday. You can see all the notices on the Secretary of State’s website here.
Meanwhile, the Idaho Prosperity Fund, which is operated by the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, a business lobby, reported that it spent $24,275 on Wednesday on an independent campaign against Allred, for literature, postage and advertising production. And the Idaho Realtors PAC is mounting an independent expenditure campaign against the re-election of Valley County Commissioner Frank Eld; you can see those reports here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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