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Rasmussen Leads HD3 Race Spending

Duane Rasmussen has loaned his campaign $25,000 in his four-way race to fill the House District 3 seat being vacated by retiring state Rep. Jim Clark — twice as much money as the other three candidates have raised combined. Rasmussen ended the 7-day, pre-election filing period with $27,049 raised in cash and loans, and spent $24,231, for a balance of $2,818. Vito Barbieri, who is supported by well-known community conservatives, raised $5041 and spent $2467, for a balance of $2574. Jeri DeLange raised $4715 in cash and loans, and spent $3336, for a balance of $1414. Fred Meckel had $1532 in loans and cash and spent it all. Top contributors to the campaigns include (see dropdown box):


  • Duane Rasmussen loaned his campaign $25,000 and received 6 contributions of $100 or more, including a $1000 donation from Paul Finman/Post Falls and a $300 donation from Merlyn C. Duerkson/Hayden. Rasmussen report here
  • Jeri J. DeLange has loaned her campaign $3535 and received 19 contributions of $100 or more, including an $875 in-kind donation of $875 from Elevated Strategies/Marina Del Rey, CA.; $400 apiece from ANRI PAC/Boise; $350 from Agri-PAC/Pocatello; and $300 from Avista/Spokane. DeLange report here
  • Vito Barbieri actually raised the most cash, $5015 total, with 14 gifts of $100 or more, including: $900 from Rep. Phil Hart/Athol; $500 apiece from Employers Resource/Boise, Idaho Land Fund/Boise, Idaho Chooses Life/Boise, Mitchell Wright, CdA, and Michael L. Henkoski/Athol; $400 from James Hollingsworth/CdA. Also, Steve Adams Agency/CdA and Dan Gookin contributed $100 apiece to Barbieri. Barbierie report here
  • Fred Meckel loaned himself $1047 and received 3 contributions of $100 or more. Meckel report here

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