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Finance reports: Labrador gears up campaign as rivals lag

North Idaho's freshman GOP congressman Raul Labrador has geared up his re-election campaign, according to the latest campaign finance reports, while his prospective opponents haven't. Labrador's pulling in PAC money and donations from prominent Idahoans, while his little-known GOP primary opponent hasn't raised a penny; nor has the Libertarian, the Independent, or one of the two Democratic hopefuls, the reports show.

The exception: Democrat Jimmy Farris, a former professional football player and Lewiston native, who's raised $25,904 since he entered the race in October, including $13,909 in the first three months of 2012. Farris' primary opponent, former Boise physician Cynthia Clinkingbeard, didn't file a campaign finance report; she was arrested for aggravated assault last month after pulling a gun on employees at a Staples store.

Meanwhile, Labrador has raised a total of $461,311 since the start of 2011, including $260,480 from individuals and $198,175 from PACs; he's spent $300,967 and has $200,339 cash on hand for the upcoming campaign; you can read my full story here at

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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