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Idaho lawmakers agree to hear new statewide conflict-of-interest disclosure bill

New statewide conflict-of-interest disclosure legislation – which would require filings for all Idaho candidates and officeholders, disclosing their occupation and employer and other potential conflicts of interest, but not income – was introduced in the House State Affairs Committee on Friday with just two “no” votes.

Idaho candidate to amend report after paying family member

Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign for governor said Friday the Republican candidate will submit an amended campaign financial disclosure report after it showed he paid a family member with campaign funds.

2nd GOP candidate now favors term limits, financial scrutiny of elected officials

A second leading Republican candidate for governor now says he would pursue term limits, some form of financial disclosure requirements and other reforms targeting Idaho politicians. The proposals by U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador come on the heels of the Republican-dominated Legislature showing signs it will continue to resist such reforms. The House...

Some Idaho lawmakers voluntarily disclose finances, after disclosure bill killed

Idaho's House Democrats have released some of their personal financial information after a legislative committee recently refused to consider legislation requiring elected officials disclose their financial assets. Ten of the 11 House Democrats on Monday voluntarily publicized information about their employer, occupation and sources...

Little voluntarily discloses his financial assets

Lt. Gov. Brad Little is the latest gubernatorial candidate to voluntarily release information on his financial assets. Idaho is one of just two states that don’t require elected officeholders to disclose any of their personal financial information. Yet the topic has become a key talking point for Idaho’s 2018 gubernatorial race after first-time...

Idaho lawmakers reject removal of campaign donation limits; call for more reporting, disclosure

A bipartisan working group of Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously rejected a proposal to eliminate all of Idaho’s limits on campaign contributions, and instead endorsed changes in the state’s Sunshine Law to require more frequent and more detailed disclosures, including adding new reporting in local races and requiring information about who’s behind shadowy outside groups that run independent expenditure campaigns in the state.

Idaho governor candidate lists business assets, investments

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist on Thursday said he owns 25 businesses and has 27 investments worth more than $5,000 each, in an announcement aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to disclose his wealth. However, the Republican's economic interest disclosure does not include a range of how much each asset is worth...

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...

Lawmakers note state’s low grades, ponder financial disclosure requirement

There were several mentions this morning at the Legislature’s campaign finance and ethics working group meeting about the very low grades Idaho earns in national comparisons for its campaign finance and ethics laws – including its D-minus in the Center for Public Integrity’s State Integrity...