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Latest independent expenditures: $32K from IACI, $20K from Realtors, more…

Here are the latest independent expenditure reports filed with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office in legislative races in Tuesday’s primary:

The Idaho Prosperity Fund, IACI’s campaigning arm, reported spending a whopping $32,459 on literature and postage, all yesterday and today, with $29,209 of that to support an array of legislative candidates, and the remaining $3,250 to oppose Rod Beck, who is running against Rep. Patrick McDonald, R-Boise, in the GOP primary. The candidates supported by the mailings are: Reps. Romrell, Moyle, Raybould, Beyeler, Malek, VanderWoude, Monks, and Bell; Sens. Lee, Hill, Keough, and Den Hartog; and House candidates Doug Ricks and Gayann DeMordaunt.

The Idaho Realtors PAC reported spending $19,846 yesterday on literature and postage to support Reps. Packer, McDonald, Moyle, Raybould, Beyeler, Malek, VanderWoude, Monks and Bell: Sens. Lee, Hill, Keough and Den Hartog; and House candidates David Smith, DeMordaunt and Ricks.

Sportsmen for Idaho reported spending $12,330 from Wednesday through today on literature and postage in support of Sen. Keough; Rep. Beyeler; Senate candidate Carl Crabtree, who is challenging Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, in the GOP primary; and House candidates Megan Blanksma, who is challenging Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, in the GOP primary, and Ricks. The group also reported receiving an in-kind donation in the same amount on the same dates from Conservation Voters for Idaho Action Fund.    

Truth for Idaho in Payette, which previously had reported no contributions or expenditures through May 1, reported spending $2,089 today for literature and postage in opposition to Viki Purdy, who is challenging Sen. Abby Lee, R-Fruitland.

These 48-hour notices are only required through tomorrow, so the spending could continue through the rest of the weekend and the final day before Tuesday's election, and we won't see the reports on it until 30 days after the election. That's another gap in Idaho's Sunshine Law...

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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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