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Minnick, Labrador pile up cash for final stretch

Fri., Oct. 15, 2010, 5:26 p.m.

BOISE - Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick had nearly half a million dollars cash left in his campaign warchest heading into the final stretch of the campaign, more than three times as much as GOP rival Raul Labrador.

In campaign finance reports filed Friday, Labrador reported raising $255,832 in campaign contributions in the last quarter, spending $178,253 and ending the period on Sept. 30 with $134,323. He also reported $2,000 in new contributions on Friday, $1,000 from a civil engineer in Puerto Rico and $1,000 from the Ada County Republicans. To date, he’s raised a total of $544,725 for his campaign, including $100,000 in loans of his own funds.

Minnick reported raising $524,958 in the last quarter, spending $1.18 million, and ending the period with $482,083. He also reported $13,600 in new contributions Friday, $3,000 of that from political action committees and the rest from individuals in Washington, D.C., New York and Massachusetts.

To date, Minnick has raised nearly $2.5 million, and has $250,000 in loans of his own funds outstanding from his 2008 campaign but no new debt.

Labrador said the quarter that closed Sept. 30 was his best fundraising quarter yet, and said that showed momentum for the challenger’s campaign.

“I want to thank everyone who made these generous donations to my campaign; this is yet more proof that my candidacy has all the momentum in this race,” Labrador said in a statement. “I am particularly proud that I received over 1,100 individual donations and that so many of the people that made them are every day Idahoans.”

Labrador’s donations to date include $401,669 from individuals, $5,411 from political party committees and $36,920 from PACs.

Minnick’s include $1.31 million from individuals, $8,534 from political party committees and $1.15 million from PACs.

“Walt was obviously pleased by the great support he’s received for his re-election campaign, and the campaign staff are pleased to have all the resources we need to run a strong effort all the way to election day,” said campaign spokesman John Foster.

Neither independent candidate Dave Olson nor Libertarian Mike Washburn filed campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission.

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