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Eye On Boise

Candidates get another day

The deadline to turn in the latest campaign finance reports, showing campaign activity from June 5 through September, was Oct. 10, but that was a Sunday. Then the next day, today, is Columbus Day, a state holiday. So the candidates have an extra two days to file, with their reports due tomorrow, the next business day. That doesn't stop candidates from filing earlier, but most haven't. According to the Idaho Secretary of State's website, the statewide candidates who've already filed and had their reports posted include both candidates for Secretary of State; the Democratic challenger for state controller, Bruce Robinett; and the Democratic candidate for state Superintendent of Schools, Stan Olson, who is challenging GOP Supt. Tom Luna.

According to Olson's report, he's raised $103,772 for his campaign to date; spent $72,744; and had $31,027 on hand in his campaign warchest at the close of the period Sept. 30. Olson's biggest contributions were $10,000 from the PAC for Education, $5,000 each from A.J. and Susie Balukoff, and $5,000 from Syringa Networks, but the vast majority of his donations were smaller contributions of $100 to $500 from individuals or couples who live in Idaho, a list that stretches on for 25 pages.

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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