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Otter Seeks Funds For Hoffman’s IFF?

The Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell recounts a “database glitch” that landed a letter addressed to Secretary of State Ben Ysursa at her Boise home over the weekend, with Otter's contribution pitch for the advocacy group headed by lobbyist Wayne Hoffman, former spokesman for ex-GOP Rep. Bill Sali. Hoffman told Russell, “It's a very normal practice,” for a sitting governor to solicit funds for a private group and have contributors send money to him in care of the organization. Otter approved the letter, according to his spokesman. Hoffman founded the group after Sali's defeat in 2008, but has never disclosed the source of its funding. Otter is among many GOP elected officials who have supported the free-market think tank that operates an online news outlet/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Should Gov. Butch Otter be involved in raising money for the Idaho Freedom Foundation?

IFF Using Otter As Fund-raising Ploy?

Of all the odd things to find in my mailbox over the weekend, there was a letter from Gov. Butch Otter, addressed to Ben Ysursa, who happens to be Idaho's secretary of state, but at my address. Since it's a federal crime to open someone else's mail, I took the letter to Ysursa's office so he could open it, and he said he got one at his home as well. It was a membership pitch from the Idaho Freedom Foundation, asking people to send from $50 to $5,000 to become “charter members” of the group - and to send the money to Gov. Butch Otter, care of the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Ysursa said, “As you get into it, it's pretty clear it's not the state of Idaho that's doing this, it's the Freedom Foundation/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: What the heck?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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