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Eye On Boise

Minnick’s fundraising called ‘impressive’

The national political media is making much of preliminary fundraising numbers released by Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick for the upcoming campaign finance report, which isn't due until July 15; CQ Politics reported today that Minnick's campaign raised $410,000 from April through June 30, putting his total contributions for the election cycle at more than $1.9 million and leaving him with $1.1 million in cash as of July 1. The political news site called Minnick's fundraising "impressive" and changed its rating of the race from "tossup" to "leans Democratic;" you can read its story here. Minnick's challenger, Raul Labrador, hasn't released preliminary fundraising numbers; campaign spokeswoman China Gum said, "We're not going to be releasing it, not today anyway."

John Foster, spokesman for Minnick's campaign, said, "It's not due until the 15th, but we'll probably file our actual report sometime this week. We're just going through the final crossing the t's and dotting the i's today." He added, "It's been one of the best three-month fundraising periods Walt's ever had, so the support has been appreciated and it gives Walt good momentum heading into summer."

As of the last official report - the pre-primary report - Minnick had raised $115,570 from April 1 to May 5, $1.6 million for the election cycle to date, and had $937,713 cash on hand and $250,000 in debt to the candidate. Labrador had raised just $12,409 in the same time period, $81,312 for the election cycle to date, and had $35,919 in cash and $20,000 in debt to the candidate.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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