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Term Limits Law Ruled Unconstitutional By Court Backers See Silver Lining In Defeat

Most of the provisions of Proposition 4, approved by voters last year and designed to encourage lawmakers to enact term limits on members of Congress, are unconstitutional, the Idaho Supreme …


Craig Campaigners Correct Discrepancy Federal Election Commission Asked For Explantion In April

Republican Sen. Larry Craig’s political operatives have revised the financial disclosure statement to resolve questions about transactions reported in the final month of the 1996 campaign. Campaign treasurer Kaye O’Riordan …


Craig Defends Timber Firms’ Money Environmental Group’s Ad Had Encouraged Him To Return $107,000 In Contributions

Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, is proud of his support from timber companies and won’t grant an environmental group’s request he return $107,000 in campaign contributions from the industry, his spokesman …


Commission Approves Fine Against Potato Tycoon Businessman Will Pay $52,500 Fine For Donations To Foreman Campaign

An Eastern Washington businessman will pay a $52,500 fine for violating campaign finance laws while backing Republican Dale Foreman in last year’s governor’s race. The state Public Disclosure Commission voted …


State Fines Campaign Donor Millionaire Who Gave Illegally To Foreman Also Gave To Nethercutt

A state investigation into illegal campaign contributions from an Eastern Washington potato magnate raises questions about similar donations to Rep. George Nethercutt’s 1994 campaign. Peter Taggares Sr. of Othello agreed …


Gop Criticized For Letter Selling Political Access

As the Democratic campaign fund-raising controversy intensifies, a Republican group is being pressed to defend a solicitation letter that offers a program of private dinners and sessions with top GOP …


Dnc To Refund More Contributions

An internal audit commissioned by the Democratic National Committee in the wake of questions about the party’s presidential-year fund raising has identified additional contributions that will be returned, the party …


Hubbell, Huang May Face Charges Ex-Administration Officials Won’t Obey House Subpoenas

The chairman of a House panel investigating Democratic Party fund raising said Friday that he would seek contempt citations against two former Clinton administration officials for refusing to hand over …


‘Soft Money’ Broke Record In 1994-96 Parties Received Record $263 Million In Largely Unregulated Donations Leading Up To Election

The Democratic and Republican parties raised an unprecedented $263.5 million campaign in largely unregulated “soft money” donations during the two-year cycle leading up to last year’s election, a research organization …


Gop Takes Harsher Look At Fund-Raising Flap Congressmen Charge Chinese Government, Among Others, May Have Tried To Influence Foreign Policy

Congressional Republicans, citing reports that the Democratic campaign fund-raising controversy may be spreading to include foreign espionage, are vastly increasing the scope of their budding investigations. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., …


Campaign Donations Legal, Won’t Be Returned, Locke Says Says Events Attended By Fund-Raiser Huang Were Legal

Gov. Gary Locke says he won’t be returning campaign contributions he received from John Huang, a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser at the center of controversy in the nation’s capital. Huang …


Craig To Go Out Of State To Pay Debts Campaign-Finance Watchdogs Are Interested

Out-of-state contributors will be tapped to help retire U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s $168,000 campaign debt. “People in Idaho were so supportive and gave in record numbers,” said Mike Reynoldson, Craig’s …


New Signs Of Illegal Votes In Dornan Loss

More than 200 non-citizens who were registered to vote by an immigrant rights group may have voted illegally in the House race in which Republican Rep. Bob Dornan lost a …


‘96 Campaign Leaves Craig Deep In Red Ink Report Raises Questions About Possible Illegal Contributions

Republican Sen. Larry Craig, who has based his 16-year congressional career on pursuing a balanced federal budget, ended his successful 1996 re-election campaign more than $181,000 in the red. Year-end …


White House Broke Law Wooing Blacks

The Clinton White House, in its electionyear preoccupation with winning ethnic-group support, drew up a plan that said Republicans should be portrayed as “enemies of civil rights” because many blacks …


Gop Chief: Top Ceos Were Stingy Execs Gave Record Amount, Say Barbour Sees World Too Simply

Big business gave record sums of money to Republicans in the last election, but GOP Chairman Haley Barbour wants more. Barbour is particularly unhappy with the Business Roundtable, a group …


Spending On Congressional Elections Sets Record

The battle for control of Congress pushed the price for the fall elections to a new high of $626.4 million. Congressional candidates in the general election alone spent $36.8 million, …


Dornan Files Official Challenge To Election Loss

Rep. Robert Dornan, who was defeated in the November election, filed his official challenge Thursday in Congress, calling for a new election on grounds of voter fraud. Dornan, one of …


Campaign Financing Revisited Demo Threatens Voter Initiative Unless There’s Legislative Action

Nearly half a million dollars were spent on state legislative campaigns in the Idaho Panhandle this year, enough money to refuel efforts to put limits on campaigns. But in Idaho, …


Demos Outspent Gop, But Failed To Win In Idaho

For the first time in modern Idaho political campaigns, the state Democratic Party dramatically outspent its typically well-heeled Republican opponent. But the party trying to avoid a permanent assignment to …


Political Notes

Newt: ‘Save the poor’ WASHINGTON House Speaker Newt Gingrich called on fellow conservatives and Republicans Tuesday night not to “fixate” on White House scandals but to make saving the poor …


Reno Won’t Name Independent Counsel Decision Means Congressional Hearings Into Democratic Party Fund Raising Are Likely

For the third time Friday, Attorney General Janet Reno rejected requests that she seek an independent counsel to investigate possible criminal wrongdoing in the way national Democratic Party officials allegedly …


Brazier Won’t Seek Gop Post, Endorses Tate In Bowing Out, She Said House Majority Leader Dale Foreman Is Too Elitist For The Job

Nona Brazier, who had hoped to be Washington’s first African-American governor, on Friday bowed out of the race to become state Republican Party chairman. The Maple Valley businesswoman endorsed U.S. …


Recount Gives Smith 887-Vote Victory

A recount gave U.S. Rep. Linda Smith an 887-vote margin of victory Tuesday in her hotly contested race for re-election. Three weeks after the election, the secretary of state’s office …


Demos Return More Gifts, Beyond Earlier $1 Million

The Democratic Party says it is returning $450,000 in donations from an Indonesian landscape architect and his wife, adding to a list of refunds of suspect campaign contributions that already …


Outspoken Dornan Admits Defeat Loses Congressional Seat To Democrat

After more than a decade of gleefully attacking presidents, first ladies, Democrats, moderates, communists, pro-choice groups, peaceniks, environmentalists, homosexuals and immigrants of every possible legal status, Rep. Robert K. Dornan …


Black Male Voter Turnout Skyrockets

Black male voter turnout increased dramatically this year - probably in large part because of the Million Man March, the National Political Congress of Black Women said Thursday. The group …


Incumbent Keeps Job

Pierce County Executive Doug Sutherland has won re-election, beating Democratic challenger Wendell Brown by 2,216 votes, final election returns showed. Brown, a County Council member, had led on election night …


Smith And Baird Head To Recount Congressional Race So Tight That Law Requires New Tally

The contest between U.S. Rep. Linda Smith and challenger Brian Baird almost certainly will be decided after a recount of ballots, a state official said Wednesday. Smith had an 854-vote …


Ballots Recounted By Hand Smith-Baird Race Headed For Mandatory Recount

The Thurston County Canvass Board on Tuesday agreed to recount by hand a sampling of ballots to determine if the county’s computerized counting machine might have miscounted votes in the …