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LaBeau: Lobbyists want ‘a level playing field’

Asked why, as a lobbyist in Idaho, he’s calling for more reporting requirements for lobbyists, IACI president Alex LaBeau said, “As a professional, you want to be able to put that information out there.” Plus, he said, “We want to be sure that we have...

Denney proposes a series of campaign finance reform bills

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is now presenting a series of draft bills for various campaign finance reforms that were discussed at the Legislature’s ethics and campaign finance work group’s last meeting, and the lawmakers on the panel are suggesting various changes to the...

Republican strategist has new Idaho political funding group

A top Republican strategist and fundraiser has quietly launched a new political action committee in Idaho. However, GOP operative Carl Forti isn't saying which candidate or measure he plans on backing. Forti has served in top positions at super PACs American Crossroads and pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future...

Rivals for Idaho lieutenant governor post amass campaign funds

Idaho’s lieutenant governor is a relatively low-profile position, considered part-time and paying less than the state’s other top jobs. But five Republican candidates already are campaigning for the post in 2018, and the latest campaign finance reports show they’re amassing campaign funds from a variety of sources – including their own pockets...

Rivals for Idaho lieutenant governor post amass campaign funds

Idaho’s lieutenant governor is a relatively low-profile position, considered part time and paying less than the state’s other top jobs. But five Republican candidates already are campaigning for the post in 2018, and the latest campaign finance reports show they’re amassing campaign funds from a variety of sources – including their own pockets, along with individuals and businesses in Idaho and around the country.

Idaho governor hopefuls raise more than $1.8M combined, as race for open seat heats up

It may be 10 months until the 2018 primary in the race for an open Idaho governor’s seat and 16 months before the general election, but the three leading GOP contenders for the post already have raised more than $1.8 million combined for their campaigns. The reports – the first filed since the contest shaped up into a competitive battle between...

Campaign finances, more races taking shape, and Crapo on Russia…

In my Sunday column: Campaign finance reports in Idaho state races are due Monday, but some already had started trickling in last week. Also, GOP hopeful Tommy Ahlquist touted his fundraising numbers in advance of today's filing; schools Supt. Sherri Ybarra has been outraised by a challenger; 3 are now running for state treasurer; and more...

Eye on Boise: Ahlquist touts fundraising in Idaho governor race

Campaign finance reports in Idaho state races are due on Monday – which is when we’ll find out who’s providing the initial funding behind the 2018 campaigns for governor, lieutenant governor and more. But GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist sent out a news release on Thursday touting his fundraising, saying his campaign raised nearly $575,000 between March 1 and June 30, with more than half of the donations below $100.

Idaho Rep. Labrador stops paying wife salary from his campaign

After keeping her on the campaign payroll since his first term in Congress, Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador stopped paying his wife, Becca, a $2,022 monthly salary on Jan. 1. Labrador’s campaign confirmed Wednesday that Becca Labrador no longer is being paid to keep the campaign’s books...