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Idaho GOP Chair: County central committees entitled to donate to campaigns against GOP incumbents

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson says the Idaho and Clearwater County Republican Central Committees were well within their rights to donate thousands in local party funds to a PAC that’s mounting campaign attacks against GOP Gov. Butch Otter and GOP Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “The state party is holding its neutral position on candidates in the primary,” Peterson said. “But every county, the rules do allow for counties to endorse candidates of their choosing. They put that in the rules, oh, a few years ago.”

He added, “It’d be inappropriate for the state party to tell the county party what they can or cannot do, when it’s clearly within the rules for the central committees to be able to endorse candidates if they want to.” You can read my full story here on the new PAC at

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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