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Brannon won’t be fined

COEUR d'ALENE - The city of Coeur d'Alene won't fine a former City Council candidate for not filing an updated 2010 campaign finance disclosure report.

Former Seat 2 challenger Jim Brannon terminated his report in February 2010, and contributions and expenditures after that went to court costs associated with the legal suit that followed the election, Brannon said in a letter to the city.

The letter was dated Jan. 31, the deadline to file 2010 reports.

The city said Thursday it won't argue with that interpretation since Idaho law doesn't contradict it.

“We're not going to pursue anything, (the attorney general's office) didn't express any interest in pursuing anything, so that's kind of where it is,” said Mike Gridley, city attorney.

While 2010 wasn't an election year for a city seat, the 2009 election turned into a yearlong court case, meaning two former Seat 2 candidates were still accepting and spending money in 2010 tied to the 2009 campaign. Tom Hasslinger, Cda Press Full story.

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