A few more 48-hour notices of independent expenditures on campaigns have come in since my last roundup on Friday, from Idaho Freedom Action, targeting Rep. Luke Malek ,R-Coeur d’Alene, with broadcast advertising; and the Republican North Idaho PAC, supporting Malek and candidates Peter Riggs, Paul Amador and Ben Wolfinger with the same. There could still be more by the end of today; the notices were required through this past Saturday, and the 48-hour limit runs through today.
Idaho Freedom Action, the campaigning arm of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, reported spending another $1,056 against Malek, whose challenger, Art Macomber, the IFA has been backing. This time, it was for radio ads.
IFA has reported $30,700 in contributions for electioneering shortly before the primary, including $20,000 from Doyle Beck; $7,000 from Bryan Smith’s Idaho Falls firm Diversified Equity Systems LLC; $3,500 from Coeur d’Alene Racing, operator of the Greyhound Park Event Center; and $100 each from IFF President Wayne Hoffman and Coeur d’Alene resident Terry Funk. It has been targeting an array of legislative candidates, criticizing incumbents who didn’t score highly on the group’s “Freedom Index” and backing their challengers.
Republican North Idaho PAC reported spending $4,155 on ads supporting Malek, Riggs, Amador and Wolfinger. The same group had previously reported spending $9,315 on May 6 for advertising to benefit the same candidates. Its $19,467 in contributions since Jan. 1, all from North Idaho, included $5,000 from the Ambrosiani Family Trust; $5,000 from former Sen. John Goedde’s campaign committee; and $2,500 from Todd Brinkmeyer of Post Falls.