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Legislative panel to consider campaign finance reforms

A joint legislative interim committee will meet Tuesday to consider campaign finance reform proposals, after a major bill the panel endorsed unanimously last year went nowhere in this year’s legislative session.

Crapo campaign used D.C. condo 81 times at no cost

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has admitted to federal election officials that he used a lobbyist-owned Washington, D.C., townhouse 81 times over a four-year period at no cost, including as recently as February. The new details from Crapo's re-election and leadership committees came in a response to a Federal Election Commission inquiry...

Fulcher tops pack for fundraising in 1st CD race

Campaign finance reports show Republican Russ Fulcher continues to lead the GOP pack in fundraising in the race for Idaho's open 1st Congressional District. According to sunshine reports released Monday, Fulcher raised roughly $141,000 between January and March. In total, he's raised more than $408,000 since announcing...

Interim committees start meeting today; campaign finance panel reviewing bill

Several legislative interim committees are holding their first meetings of the year today, including the Campaign Finance Reform Interim Committee. Phil McGrane, chief deputy Ada County clerk, described SB 1337 to the panel, at co-chair Sen. Patti Anne Lodge’s request. McGrane said he’s been working...

Eye on Boise: Denney gets a do-over on his budget

Eight days after a stunned Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said lawmakers had “gutted” his budget, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee did a re-do, and relented on providing $1.2 million in one-time funds next year for an elections system technological upgrade.

Top Republican strategist dissolves Idaho PAC; money flows to new group

An Idaho political action committee backed by a top Republican strategist and fundraiser has dissolved. GOP operative Carl Forti terminated Building Idaho's Future, Inc. on Feb. 5. The PAC was considered to be backing one of Idaho's top GOP gubernatorial candidates...

Candidate says election payments to family don’t violate campaign platform

An Idaho candidate for governor, who would ban political candidates from paying campaign funds to family members, gave his son-in-law $20,000 last month for campaign-related services. A campaign finance report this week for Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist listed the payment as an official campaign expense. Thursday, after questions from...

Ahlquist tops field in fundraising, Little has the most cash on hand…

Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist outraised his Republican gubernatorial rivals last year, reporting more than $1.7 million in fundraising, but opponent Lt. Gov. Brad Little closed out 2017 with a bigger bank balance of nearly $638,000. End-of-year financial disclosure reports were filed Wednesday with the Idaho Secretary of State's office. The...