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IACI stands by its attack on Allred

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry is standing by its claims in a new website attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred, though Allred calls them "flat wrong" and is demanding the site be corrected or taken down. In a press release, IACI President Alex LaBeau said, " will continue to tell the truth about Keith Allred’s agenda of more government, more debt and more taxes for our state because the people of Idaho deserve to hear the facts, not just Professor Allred’s talking points.”

IACI funded the anti-Allred website through the Idaho Prosperity Fund, formerly called the IACI Business PAC. According to financial disclosure forms filed with the Idaho Secretary of State, the fund took in $34,773 in contributions in calendar year 2009, all in contributions of $2,000 or more from large busineses. Its top givers, each giving $3,500, were Idaho Power, Wal-Mart Stores, Micron Technology, Potlatch Corp., the Idaho Association of Realtors, Monsanto Corp., J.R. Simplot Co. and Union Pacific Railroad.

Meanwhile, Allred released this YouTube video to rebut IACI's charges, saying the Legislature and Gov. Butch Otter were wrong to assume that 2011's state revenue would be no better than 2010's, prompting an precedented cut in school funding. "2011 isn't going to be as tough as 2010, not for the economy, but it will be a lot tougher on our kids," said Allred, "who will go into overcrowded classrooms with fewer resources because Otter called it wrong."

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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