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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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 8:12 p.m.

Campaign finance reform bill introduced, over two North Idaho reps’ objections

Over the objections of two North Idaho lawmakers, campaign finance reform legislation was introduced in the Idaho Legislature on Tuesday, requiring more frequent and more detailed reporting by candidates and …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Spokane City Council overrides Condon veto of campaign finance reporting law

Lawmakers stood firm in their support of the campaign finance law, pushed by City Council President Ben Stuckart, to require more stringent reporting of donors and cap contributions. Opponents, who …


Ben Stuckart: Campaign finance transparency is essential to democracy

The gaps in our campaign finance system need closing. Citizens deserve a transparent political system that values participation. The Fair Elections Ordinance is a step in the right direction.


Michael Cathcart: Campaign finance reform should be applied equally

A campaign finance system that would cede more money and influence to PACs at the expense of individual candidates, or that would empower public unions while depriving private contractors, is …


Spin Control: Pre-filed bills try to get a jump on session

Pre-filed bills sometimes get legislators started the coming legislative session.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 5:34 p.m.

Lawmakers: Idaho ‘uniquely poised’ to stiffen campaign, lobbying disclosure requirements

Idaho is “uniquely poised” to make major improvements in its public disclosure system, state lawmakers on a special panel said Monday, from requiring more and more frequent reports from candidates, …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 3:55 p.m.

Denney: OK to ‘buy’ a legislator, as long as it’s transparent

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney told lawmakers Wednesday that if it were up to him, he’d be fine with no limits on campaign contributions, as long as all are …


Idaho Legislature to re-examine ethics, campaign finance laws

Idaho is one of just three states with no financial disclosure requirements for state legislators – or any elected or appointed state official. It also lacks “revolving-door” laws that in …


With I-735, Washington voters called for campaign reform, but Republicans in Congress unlikely to take action

Although I-735 passed, a constitutional amendment to control campaign contributions and spending isn’t right around the corner.


I-735 seeks to limit corporate campaign money by urging constitutional amendment

Initiative 735 wants Washington’s congressional delegation to propose a constitutional amendment limiting the sources of money in political campaigns.


Spin Control: Moves afoot to change the Constitution

Changes to the constitution can come in two ways, but only one has ever been tried.


Campaign finance bill dies in Senate

OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform bill that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight between the two caucuses in the …


Public Wants Change In Campaign Finance But Who Will Lead? Few Think Clinton, Congress Have Will

Most Americans feel the campaign financing system needs fundamental modification or a complete overhaul, but few believe Congress or the president really plan to change it, the latest New York …