The latest campaign finance reports from the race between Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Democratic challenger Kate McAlister of Sandpoint show McAlister out-raising the outspoken first-term incumbent. McAlister, president of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, raised $16,831 in the most recent reporting period, and $26,211 year-to-date; Scott raised $14,827 during the most recent period and $18,650 year-to-date.
McAlister’s contributors were mostly individuals in the district, plus a handful of Idaho PACs, representing the Associated General Contractors, the Idaho Cable Telecommunications Association and the Locomotive Engineers. Her largest contributions were $1,000 from Holt and Connie Taylor of Sandpoint and $800 from the Committee to Elect George Eskridge, a moderate Republican who long held the district’s other House seat before losing in the 2014 GOP primary to Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay, a Scott ally.
Scott’s contributions were mostly from individuals in Idaho both inside and outside the district, including a smattering identified as coming from Pocatello residents. Among those was a $100 contribution from Doyle Beck, identified as being from Pocatello, though Beck lives in Idaho Falls.
Scott’s largest contributions were $1,000 each from Winning for Idaho, a PAC that represents the Coeur d’Alene Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls; the Bonner County Republican Central Committee; and Agra-PAC of Pocatello, the Idaho Farm Bureau’s PAC, which Idaho Secretary of State’s records show is actually based in Boise; and $999.99 from Carl Simonsen of Blanchard. Scott also received a $500 contribution from the Idaho House Republican Caucus.
McAlister spent $12,537 during the most recent reporting period, mostly for advertising. Scott spent $8,102, mostly for literature and auto and travel expense, but also for some advertising, including $50 for advertising on Redoubt News.
At the close of the reporting period, McAlister reported $12,324 in cash on hand; Scott reported a $16,457 cash balance with $1,011 in credit card debt.