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RR Endorsees Spend Big w/Strategery

This slick flyer will be circulating soon with Reagan Republican endorsements in the general election in November. I totally disagree with their support of Tom Luna's wrecking-ball "reforms" for Idaho education. Ditto re: North Idaho College endorsements. It'll be interesting to see how much the NIC trustee wannabes spend with Ron Lahr's Strategery this fall.

Candidates endorsed by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans in contested Republican primaries in Kootenai County last spring spent almost $86,000 for campaign support with Strategery, a public relations firm that lists Reagan Republican principals Ron Lahr as president and Jeff Ward as general consultant (click here). This, according to 7-day pre-election and 30-day post-election campaign finance reports. Candidates in the four contested GOP races for Kootenai County elected office spent $42,509 with Strategery, with incumbent Commissioner Dan Green at the head of the list with expenditures with Lahr's company totaling $18,995. About half of the expenditures were made after the required 7-day pre-election financial report. In the 5 contested legislative races in Districts 2-3, Reagan Republican endorsees spent $43,375 with Lahr's Strategery, including $19,871 reported after the 7-day pre-election period. The only endorsee who didn't spend anything with Strategery in the primary was state Sen. Steve Vick. 3 of the 8 Reagan Republican endorsees failed to win their primaries: Keith Hutcheson (sheriff), Jeff Tyler (House District 3) and Mark Fisher (House District 2). You can see Reagan Republican endorsements for the general election here. You can see how much each Reagan Republican endorsee spent with Strategery in the 2012 GOP primary below:

GOP county primaries:

  • Sheriff -- Keith Hutcheson ($10,443)
  • Prosecutor -- Barry McHugh ($9650)
  • Commissioner -- Dan Green ($18995)
  • Commissioner -- Todd Tonde ($3421)

GOP legislative primaries

  • House District 2 -- Ed Morse ($12,164) and Mark Fisher ($12625)
  • House District 3 -- Jeff Tyler ($10273) and Frank Henderson ($8313)


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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