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Trib: Cheers For Judge Wetherell

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, opinionator Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers "cheers ... to Fourth District Judge Mike Wetherell of Boise. Wetherell's ruling Monday compelled Education Voters of Idaho to cough up where it got $641,000 to promote the Luna laws. It also went a long way toward discouraging similar impropriety in the future.Before EVI disclosed it had collected $200,000 from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and $250,000 from Albertsons heir Joe Scott, EVI was thumbing its nose at the 1974 voter-passed Sunshine Initiative.EVI's leaders -- former state Rep. Debbie Field, R-Boise, and former congressional staffer John Foster -- argued their status as a 501(c)(4) trumped any obligation to disclose. Even if Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa's lawsuit ultimately prevailed, it looked as if EVI might run out the clock -- and delay disclosure until after the election/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Supporters of the Luna Laws propositions have made a big deal in flyers re: a $1M contribution from the National Education Association in direct-mail flyers. Yet they have received $1.3M from Frank Vandersloot & tried their darndest to hide financial contributions to Education Voters of Idaho. Hypocrites?

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