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Brent Regan: ‘I just gave them money’

Endorsement flier sent out by NOT-Kootenai County Republican Central Committee (KCRCC) group recently.
Endorsement flier sent out by NOT-Kootenai County Republican Central Committee (KCRCC) group recently.

“I just gave them money, I don’t have anything to say about them” -- (Brent) Regan, reacting to a Coeur d'Alene Press question re: his connection with the secretive Kootenai County Republican Concerned Citizens PAC, which sent out at least one flier recently endorsing a group of Far Right candidates, including Kathy Sims, Art Macomber and John Green. Regan donated $6,100 to the NOT-Kootenai County Republican Concerned Citizens in the closing days of the 2014 general election.

Also (from Coeur d'Alene Press story during the 2015 Coeur d'Alene City Council campaign):

Patano said Regan, and a handful of others, formed a political action committee named Responsible CDA this week to avoid campaign finance disclosures until after the election on Tuesday. They are using the PAC to send out fliers attacking Councilman Ron Edinger and former Kootenai County Clerk Dan English. “This is no accident or coincidence of timing,” she said. “This is a deliberate manipulation of Idaho’s election and disclosure laws, designed to keep Coeur d’Alene voters in the dark.” Regan told The Press the (Responsible Coeur d'Alene) PAC is not his PAC. "They came to me and asked for money, so I gave it to them," Regan said. "I would caution Ms. Patano to get her facts straight before going out and making hysterical claims.” A flier sent out by Responsible CDA calls for voters to support Edinger’s opponent, Toby Schindelbeck, and incumbent candidate Steve Adams, who is being challenged by Dan English and Bruce MacNeil. Full story here.

Question: It appears that Brent Regan donates a lot of money to political causes without asking many questions or trying to influence the endorsements. Thoughts?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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