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Public records show those behind PAC targeting I.F. mayor are Beck, Smith and VanderSloot

With city elections coming up next week, the Idaho Falls Post Register reports today that a political action committee that purported to represent a movement of concerned Idaho Falls businessmen and has spent thousands to campaign against Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper has received nearly all of its funding from three well-known local residents: Doyle Beck, Bryan Smith and Frank VanderSloot. Public records revealed the funders.

Beck is the former Bonneville County Republican Central Committee chairman; Smith is an Idaho Falls attorney who unsuccessfully challenged 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson in the GOP primary in 2014; and VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca and the state’s wealthiest resident.

The “Businesses for Growth PAC” took out advertising and posted billboards proclaiming, “ANYBODY BUT CASPER for Idaho Falls Mayor.” Casper, who has been the city’s mayor since 2014, faces four challengers in next Tuesday’s election. Post Register reporter Bryan Clark’s full story is online here.

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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