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Eye On Boise

The latest independent expenditures in legislative races…

Here’s the latest crop of independent expenditures and electioneering communication reports, all from 48-hour notices filed with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office in the past 24 hours:

The “Committee for Principled Government,” headed by Greyhound Park Event Center manager Doug Okuniewisz, reported spending $1,164 for literature and postage in opposition to the re-election of Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene.

Republican Liberty Caucus PAC reported spending $4,997 on literature and postage to support Reps. Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls, and Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene; and Art Macomber of Coeur d’Alene, who’s challenging Malek; along with a newspaper ad in the St. Maries Gazette Record supporting Carl Berglund, who’s in a two-way GOP primary against Bill Goesling of Moscow for a chance to challenge Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, in November.

The same group, with a recent cash infusion from eastern Idaho businessman Doyle Beck, reported spending a little over $10,000 on “6 x 9 mailers and postage” supporting Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, Zollinger, and candidate Jason West, who’s running against Rep. Kelley Packer, R-McCammon in the primary, and opposing Packer; supporting Rod Beck in his challenge to Rep. Patrick McDonald, R-Boise; supporting Dorothy Moon in her challenge to Rep. Merrill Beyeler, R-Leadore; supporting Berglund while opposing Jordan; and another batch supporting Berglund, Beck and Moon and opposing Jordan, Beyeler and McDonald.

Conservation Voters of Idaho reported $4,193 in in-kind donations to Sportsmen for Idaho and Idaho County Citizen PAC for postage and literature. Meanwhile, Sportsmen for Idaho reported spending $1,978 on postage and literature in support of Carl Crabtree, who’s challenging Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, in the GOP primary in District 7.

Idaho Realtors PAC reported spending $9,000 on broadcast advertising in support of five legislative candidates: Reps. Beyeler, Malek and Packer; Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint; and Republican David Smith, who is vying for a chance at the seat being vacated by Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, and faces Bryan Zollinger in the primary.

Idaho Freedom Action reported spending $1,200 on a digital billboard opposing Malek.

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