First-time candidate Bryan Smith, who’s challenging 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson in the GOP primary, has filed his first campaign finance report, and Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey reports that it shows fundraising for Smith so far has been a family affair – with $77,400 of his $149,400 raised for the quarter coming from 18 couples, along with one other relative in the same household. A dozen pairs gave $2,600 each. Another $50,000 came from Smith’s own pocket in a loan to his campaign committee, Popkey reports; you can read his full post here.
Simpson, meanwhile, raised $305,735 in the same period, according to his July quarterly report, with $214,500 from PACs and $91,235 from individuals.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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