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Funding for $200K in pro-school reform ads came from undisclosed source

Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey reports that Debbie Field, Gov. Butch Otter's former drug czar and two-time campaign manager, has raised $200,350 from a single source and spent it on broadcast ads supporting Propositions 1, 2 and 3, the "Students Come First" school reform laws. Field filed a campaign finance report today saying the money, all spent on the broadcast advertising, came from a group called "Education Voters of Idaho" that shares the same Boise post office with Field's group, "Parents for Education Reform," and referred Popkey to John Foster for information about the funding group; Foster told Popkey the funding group is a 501c4 non-profit that doesn't have to disclose the source of the money. Popkey reports that the Idaho Secretary of State's office said that question is "currently under legal review." You can read Popkey's full post 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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