In the race for an Idaho seat in the House of Representatives, fund-raising records for Helen Chenoweth show the Republican enjoys financial support from big names in Idaho business.
They include Steven Appleton, head of Micron Technologies, Albertson’s Inc. chief Gary Michael, and Arthur Brown, president of Hecla Mining Co. One of Idaho’s richest men, J.R. Simplot, is a Chenoweth contributor. So is Coeur d’Alene Resort owner Duane Hagadone and local auto dealer Thomas Addis.
The Bennett Lumber Co. family, plus the company pilot, gave money. Cliff Wasem, a Clarkston, Wash., businessman who buys television time to promote the views of the John Birch Society, is a financial supporter of Chenoweth’s.
Sources for the $94,000 in PAC money Chenoweth received in 1995 range from the National Rifle Association to Brown Williamson Tobacco Co. GOPAC, which once was run by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, gave $500.
Not surprisingly, Chenoweth challenger Dan Williams, a Democrat, received his $21,700 in PAC dollars from the traditional Democratic sources: Labor, labor, labor.
The largest PAC contributions came from the Carpenters PAC at $5,000 - followed by the Teamsters, the United Steelworkers, and the American Federation of State, Municipal and County Employees, all at $2,500 each. The American Trial Lawyers gave $1,000. Williams, like Chenoweth, gets most of his individual contributions from people in Idaho.