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Cheers & Jeers: Dialing For Dollars

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives Jeers to ... U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho: "Look over the invitation his re-election campaign extended to heavy rollers. Risch wants them to join him in an "Idaho Hunting Excursion" Jan. 18 and 19 at Hagerman. See the contact person listed? It's John Sandy. Risch's chief of staff. The man he pays $169,459 a year to work for you. No law says Risch's top lieutenant can't work on the campaign after office hours. But all you have is his word that he's playing by the rules. That's why most campaign and office staffs keep their distance. When they don't, the public is left to assume their tax dollars are subsidizing a political campaign." Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Do you see a problem with John Sandy's role in Sen. Risch's fund-raising excursion?

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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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