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The Democratic candidate for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat, a cowboy poet and musician running for public office for the first time, underreported $57,000 in income when he filed federally required financial disclosure statements two months ago.
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is pushing back on Senate Democrats’ calls for all Cabinet nominees to release their tax returns, calling it a “PR stunt” and defending the Republican’s picks as selfless, patriotic Americans.
MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns Thursday and called on incumbent GOP Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’ ” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum.
MERIDIAN, Idaho -- Idaho 1st District U.S. House candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns today, and called on incumbent Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. "He just said, 'No comment,'" said Labrador's campaign spokeswoman, China Gum.
BOISE – Minority Democrats in the Idaho Legislature announced three new ethics reform proposals Tuesday and called on Republicans to work with them on the bills – and the Republicans agreed. The Democrats called for requiring financial disclosure from public and elected officials in the state, something only Idaho and two other states lack; a bill to impose a one-year wait before former lawmakers or other public officials could register as lobbyists; and a whistleblower hotline law for state employees.
BOISE – Freshman Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is the 13th-wealthiest member of Congress and is richer than the late Ted Kennedy, Sen. John McCain or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to a new analysis by Roll Call newspaper. Roll Call, in its annual analysis of the “50 Richest Members of Congress,” pegged Risch’s minimum net worth, based on required financial disclosures, at $19.29 million. That’s far more than the reported wealth of any of the other senators or representatives from Idaho and Washington, none of whom made the “50 Richest” list.
BOISE – The Idaho House speaker who single-handedly killed legislation this year to require personal financial disclosure from the state’s elected officials says he won’t do it again. “In the upcoming session, if it comes back, I think we will try to make sure that it gets the full hearing and see where it goes,” said House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale.
BOISE – The Idaho House speaker who single-handedly killed legislation this year to require personal financial disclosure from the state’s elected officials now says he’s won’t do it again.
House Speaker Michael Simpson reported a net worth on Monday of around $500,000 in the personal financial disclosure statement required in his bid for the Republican congressional nomination in the 2nd District. Simpson's disclosure statement showed assets ranging up to $920,000 in value excluding his Blackfoot home and Teton Valley getaway condominium. But he also reported liabilities totaling as much as $465,000 excluding mortgages on the two homes.
While Idaho lawmakers were debating issues like telephone deregulation and tobacco laws last year, some were soliciting money from the very companies pushing the bills. "I don't think it's a problem," House Speaker Mike Simpson said Friday. "No matter when you do your fund raising, people always have legislation before the Legislature." The three top fund-raisers from North Idaho in 1997 were all first-term legislators who were trying to pay off campaign debts.
Here's what North Idaho legislators reported in their campaign finance reports for 1998: District 1 Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, has $1,610 in the bank. She received a $500 contribution from J.R. Simplot Co. in late October and carried over $1,843 from last year. Her spending over the course of the year included $658 on phone and postage charges for constituent services.
It took more than a year, but Republican Sen. Larry Craig has finally paid off the nearly $200,000 debt he rolled up in easily winning a second six-year term in 1996. The campaign finance disclosure report filed on Thursday with the secretary of state showed that Craig made what apparently was the final payment on the debt last Dec. 14 - almost $13,000 to campaign operative Al Henderson of Boise.
Sen. Dirk Kempthorne spent nearly $30,000 on consulting and polling last fall during the month he was deciding whether to become the heir apparent to retiring Republican Gov. Phil Batt, a new campaign finance disclosure statement shows. Within five days of making that decision, Kempthorne spent another $50,000 from his Senate war chest to hire a Virginia political consultant.
U.S. Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, the heir-apparent to retiring Republican Gov. Phil Batt, had a lucrative December despite no serious challenger in sight for the state's highest office. The campaign finance disclosure report filed late Monday with the secretary of state's office showed Kempthorne's new gubernatorial committee raised nearly $200,000 in December.