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Congressional campaign reports show big fundraising and some big spending…

Idaho's 2nd District congressional candidates are raising big bucks for their campaigns, Boise State Public Radio reports today, with Democratic challenger Nicole LeFavour raising $156,016 so far for her run, and incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Simpson taking in $955,982. BSU radio reports that LeFavour has raised more than any Democrat who has challenged Simpson in years, but Simpson is on a record pace in his own fundraising as well; you can read their full report here.

The figures reflect fundraising for the election cycle to date, as updated by the latest filing, the July quarterly report. Interestingly, Federal Election Commission summaries show that cash-on-hand figures for the two candidates aren't near as far apart: Simpson had $196,703 as of June 30, while LeFavour had $117,602. That's partly because of high expenditures by Simpson: In the most recent period, Simpson raised $193,734, but spent $151,024. LeFavour raised $88,065 and spent $28,258. And though Simpson has raised $955,982 to date, his campaign spending to date came to $604,302, plus he's transferred $300,000 to other committees, including $50,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee in the most recent quarter.

In the 1st District race, freshman GOP Rep. Raul Labrador has raised $551,568 to date, compared to $37,388 for his Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris, according to FEC summaries; in the latest reporting period, Labrador raised $68,725, spent $66,293, and closed the quarter with $202,947 in the bank. Farris' quarterly fundraising came to $9,899; he spent $8,762; and had $8,306 on hand at the close of the quarter.

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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