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Legislative panel to consider campaign finance reforms

A joint legislative interim committee will meet Tuesday to consider campaign finance reform proposals, after a major bill the panel endorsed unanimously last year went nowhere in this year’s legislative …


Questions prompted flurry of amendments to Ybarra’s campaign reports

State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s latest campaign finance reports raise some questions, all revolving around a $2,400 payment she made from her campaign to herself eight days after the May …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 8:12 p.m.

Campaign finance reform bill introduced, over two North Idaho reps’ objections

Over the objections of two North Idaho lawmakers, campaign finance reform legislation was introduced in the Idaho Legislature on Tuesday, requiring more frequent and more detailed reporting by candidates and …


Eye on Boise: Idaho secretary of state seeks budget boost to upgrade software, transparency

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is asking for a budget increase next year of more than 70 percent, with most of the increase coming in a major upgrade to …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Greater campaign information required by bills

State residents would know more about parties who spend money for campaign ads under two bills heard by a Senate panel Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 2:40 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Mayor Condon should have argued his case against city’s new campaign finance law

Rather than making a public appeal tied to his opposition to the new campaign finance legislation, Mayor David Condon stayed strategically quiet during the two months that the proposal was …


Spokane City Council passes local campaign finance reform laws

City Council President Ben Stuckart said the city needed to create its own regulatory scheme given the proliferation of outside spending on local races this year. Opponents criticized the law …


PDC complaints becoming weapons in political wars

Campaign finance complaints pile up at the Public Disclosure Commission and the state Attorney General’s office as political activists wage war over who’s not following the rules.


Ben Stuckart targets ‘dark’ and ‘gray’ political money with city campaign finance law

City Council President Ben Stuckart will push for the creation of a set of reporting standards for local political campaigns. The new requirements would affect nonprofits operating in the political …


Eye on Boise: Bob Nonini says he’s the most conservative in race for lieutenant governor

North Idaho Sen. Bob Nonini, asked why he decided to join the now five-way race for lieutenant governor in 2018, went directly after one of the four Republicans already in …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers reject removal of campaign donation limits; call for more reporting, disclosure

A bipartisan working group of Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously rejected a proposal to eliminate all of Idaho’s limits on campaign contributions, and instead endorsed changes in the state’s Sunshine …


Idaho lawmakers mull possible campaign disclosure changes

Idaho lawmakers are mulling several key changes to the state’s campaign disclosure laws to shine more transparency into a system has seen more money funneled into state and local elections.


Eye on Boise: A fifth of Labrador’s fundraising is for general, not primary election

Of the $309,046 that Raul Labrador has raised for his run for 2018 governor so far, $65,000 – more than 20 percent – is designated for the general election, not …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 9:04 a.m.

Rivals for Idaho lieutenant governor post amass campaign funds

Idaho’s lieutenant governor is a relatively low-profile position, considered part time and paying less than the state’s other top jobs. But five Republican candidates already are campaigning for the post …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

Idaho governor hopefuls raise more than $1.8M combined, as race for open seat heats up

It may be 10 months until the 2018 primary in the race for an open Idaho governor’s seat and 16 months before the general election, but the three leading GOP …


Eye on Boise: Ahlquist touts fundraising in Idaho governor race

Campaign finance reports in Idaho state races are due on Monday – which is when we’ll find out who’s providing the initial funding behind the 2018 campaigns for governor, lieutenant …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Idaho Rep. Labrador stops paying wife salary from campaign

After keeping her on the campaign payroll since his first term in Congress, Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador stopped paying his wife, Becca, a $2,022 monthly salary on …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 3:55 p.m.

Denney: OK to ‘buy’ a legislator, as long as it’s transparent

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney told lawmakers Wednesday that if it were up to him, he’d be fine with no limits on campaign contributions, as long as all are …


UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Idaho leaders assign lawmakers to address campaign laws

Idaho’s top legislative leaders have formed a working group to study possible changes to the state’s campaign finance laws.


Mainstream ethics laws overdue in Idaho

The state remains just one of three without financial disclosure requirements for any elected or appointed state official.


Idaho Legislature to re-examine ethics, campaign finance laws

Idaho is one of just three states with no financial disclosure requirements for state legislators – or any elected or appointed state official. It also lacks “revolving-door” laws that in …


Grocery group must pay $1.1 million in legal fees in campaign finance case

A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ordered Grocery Manufacturers Association to pay $1.1 million in legal fees after it violated state campaign finance disclosure laws.


Port of Tacoma cleared in campaign finance case

A judge has ruled in favor of the Port of Tacoma and two other groups, finding that they didn’t violate campaign finance laws.


Seattle prepares to mail campaign finance vouchers

Seattle is preparing to mail democracy vouchers to registered voters as part of a new campaign finance initiative.


Campaign money pours into Washington state races days before election

More than $136 million in campaign contributions have poured into Washington state races as voters on Nov. 8 decide on the governor’s re-election bid, six ballot measures – including the …


Labrador spreads campaign money to GOP state legislative hopefuls

During a two-day stretch in late October, Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador sent campaign contributions of either $250 or $500 to 40 GOP candidates for the Idaho Legislature, plus $10,000 …


Trump’s still short on promise to invest $100M into campaign

Donald Trump has repeatedly said he will spend $100 million or more of his own money on his presidential bid. Yet even with a fresh donation, he’d be $34 million …


Secretary of State Kim Wyman accused of campaign finance violations

Attorney General Bob Ferguson says that the campaign of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman has violated the state’s campaign finance laws by failing to file disclosure reports on time.


Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan named in Tim Eyman campaign disclosure lawsuit

The Washington Attorney General’s Office has filed three claims against Tim Eyman-backed political committees that are also overseen by Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan. Both Eyman and Fagan said they’re …


Stricter campaign finance and lobbying rules and ending sales tax exemption up for vote in I-1464

Initiative 1464 seeks to toughen state campaign and lobbying laws.