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Fri., May 17, 2013, 4:31 p.m.

Cheers & Jeers: Crapo ‘Clintonesque’

In his Cheers & Jeers column today, opinionator Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives Jeers ... to U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, who's still explaining a bad investment by his treasurer that cost his campaign $250,000:

"It took Crapo two years to learn about the transaction and another three to alert the Federal Election Commission. That Ball had control of the campaign checkbook was an anomaly. As a safeguard against abuse, a treasurer - even a team of treasurers - usually sign off on campaign transactions. Crapo explained: "This circumstance occurred during a period of transition between treasurers." That's an artful political phrase worthy of Bill Clinton. But here's the curious thing: Boise CPA William Corbett remained Crapo's campaign treasurer of record when, on Oct. 14, 2008, he filed and affirmed as "true, correct and complete" an FEC campaign report covering the preceding three months. Nowhere did the report mention the $250,000 loan. Full Cheers & Jeers column here

Question: Has the DUI received by Sen. Crapo earlier this year and now the strange loss of $250,000 from his campaign warchest affected your view of him?

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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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