Campaign finance breakdown


Pre-primary campaign finance reports have been sent in to the Secretary of State’s Office, providing a comprehensive picture of the financial situation in regional statehouse races ahead of Tuesday’s primary contest.

The amount raised and spent in area races varies widely. And some local donors, particularly Doyle Beck and Bryan Smith, have spread significant funds into many of the races.

Campaign finance reports for Doug Ricks and Noall Wolff hadn’t yet been posted Wednesday. A follow-up article will examine the financial pictures in those races.

Marshall vs. Thompson

The primary race pitting incumbent Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Idaho Falls, and challenger Gary Marshall has seen the challenger far outpace the incumbent, though Thompson has a much larger remaining war chest for a last-minute advertising push.

Marshall has raised some $16,100 this year to Thompson’s $9,100. And Marshall has spent $14,000 to Thompson’s $10,900.

But Thompson started the year with $13,300 left over from previous campaigns, and he retained almost $12,000 of that as of the end of April. Marshall has some $2,800 left in his coffers.

Many of Bonneville County’s largest donors, including Beck and Frank VanderSloot, have lined up behind Marshall. Both they and their wives gave maximum contributions. Thompson’s funds come primarily from political action committees and large businesses including Hecla, Pacificorp and Simplot.

All of Marshall’s contributions have come from inside the state, and nearly all come from eastern Idaho. Only $800 of Thompson’s come from out of state, but only three donations, totalling $650, come from eastern Idaho.

The primary winner will face Democrat Pat Tucker in the general election. Tucker has raised nearly $7,000, and has spent about $5,600 of that. She has relied primarily on small donations, all coming from within Idaho Falls.

Potts vs. Lent

Sen. Tony Potts, R-Idaho Falls, who was appointed last year to replace Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, is being slightly outpaced by challenger Dave Lent.

Potts, who entered the race with $1,500 he raised between his appointment and the beginning of primary season, has raised another $11,200. He’s spent about $5,700 of that, leaving him with nearly $7,000 on hand for a last-minute advertising push. But Lent has raised more than $14,300. He’s spent roughly $5,500 of that, leaving him with $8,800 on hand.

Lent has raised only about $900 from out of state, and the vast majority of his donations come from eastern Idaho, though he’s raised about $3,000 from other places in the state.

Potts’ funding relies heavily on two men: Beck and Smith. Smith and his law firm each gave Potts a $1,000 contribution before the beginning of the primary cycle, and in the primary cycle, two of Smith’s companies gave additional maximum contributions. Beck and his wife each gave $1,000. That brings the total from the two men, their companies and relatives to $6,000, about half of Potts’ total funds.

Potts raised an additional $2,000 from out of state, and outside of Beck and Smith’s contributions, he raised only $350 in eastern Idaho.

The winner will face Democrat Gerald Sehlke, who has raised about $1,400 and hasn’t yet spent a significant amount.

Horman vs. Neal

There’s a yawning gap between the fundraising undertaken by incumbent Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, and challenger Randy Neal.

Neal has barely raised any funds. He received a single $100 cash contribution locally and a $200 in-kind contribution from Bonneville Republican Central Committee Chairman Mark Fuller’s law firm.

Horman entered the race with $21,600 in the bank, a number that has grown to nearly $25,000 over the course of the race. Horman raised some $9,700 during the primary cycle, spending only $6,800 of that.

Horman received out-of-state contributions totaling $1,000. Most of her funds have come from businesses and political action committees based in Boise, but she has raised about $1,600 in eastern Idaho.

Loertscher vs. Christensen

Incumbent Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Idaho Falls, has a wide lead over challenger Chad Christensen.

Christensen has raised a total of just over $2,000, and he’s spent about $1,800 of that, leaving him with roughly $200 in the bank.

Loertscher entered the election with $12,100 left over from prior races, and he’s raised an additional $14,600 over the course of the campaign. He’s spent almost $14,000 on this year’s race, leaving him with about $13,000 in the bank.

The bulk of Christensen’s contributions come from small donors within eastern Idaho, and he’s received only about $100 from out of state and another $100 from outside of eastern Idaho.

Loertscher’s funding comes primarily from other lawmakers and Boise-area political action committees and businesses. House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley; Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star; Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian; Rep. James Holtzclaw, R-Meridian; Rep. Todd Lakey, R-Nampa; Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace; Rep Fred Wood, R-Burley; and former Rep. Janet Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, have all given large contributions to his campaign. So have committees representing logging, sugar beet and cattle interests.

VanOrden vs. Young

Incumbent Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree, has built the region’s largest campaign war chest, driven largely by $27,000 in loans she and her husband have given her campaign. In total, she has raised some $46,800, far more than for any other race in the region.

Challenger Julianne Young has raised the second-most of any candidate, at $24,743.

VanOrden has spent a total of $22,000 so far, leaving her with $24,700 available to spend on late advertising. All but $500 of her funds have been raised from in-state donors, but about $7,300 in donations come from outside eastern Idaho.

Young has spent $15,300, leaving her with $9,400 in the bank. Young has raised $1,000 from outside the state and $1,000 from outside of eastern Idaho. She received a total of $4,000 from Smith, Beck and their wives.

Raybould, King and Merrell

In the three-way race to replace retiring Rep. Dell Raybould, R-Rexburg, his granddaughter, Britt Raybould, has pulled far into the lead, becoming one of the most prolific fundraisers in the region.

Raybould has raised some $23,500, and she’s spent about $14,900 of that. That leaves her with almost $8,600 left in the bank, though she also has about $8,900 in campaign debts. She’s raised about $1,300 from outside the state.

Elaine King raised about $4,300 before primary season, and she has raised an additional $12,900 since the start of the year. She’s spent about $11,000 of that, leaving $1,795 in the bank. About $1,600 of her funds come from out of state.

Marshall Merrell trails the pack with about $3,600 in total funds raised, about $2,600 of which he has spent. All of Merrell’s funds, the bulk of which he donated to himself, come from inside the state.

Hanks vs. Furniss

Incumbent Rep. Karey Hanks, R-St. Anthony, has a large fundraising lead over challenger Rod Furniss, but Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst confirmed Wednesday that her report contains contributions that aren’t in compliance with campaign finance law, which means the report must be amended.

Notably, Hanks reported a $2,000 contribution from Beck directly, as well as a $2,000 donation from Smith directly. Both of those contributions are double the maximum allowed during the primary. Hurst said the issue could be fixed by reassigning $1,000 of each contribution to general election funds. Hanks received an additional $1,000 from Smith’s law firm, and another $1,000 from one of his debt collection companies.

As the reports stand Wednesday, Hanks reported $16,400 in fundraising, plus another $4,900 left over from past campaigns. She had spent about $10,900 of that, leaving about $10,500 in the bank. She raised about $400 from out of state, and besides the contributions from Smith and Beck, raised $3,700 from within eastern Idaho.

Furniss reported $10,400 in fundraising, $10,000 of which he had already spent. He raised $500 from out of state, and $5,600 came from within eastern Idaho.

The winner faces Democrat Jerry Browne in the general election. He has raised and spent only $81.

Miller vs. Burtenshaw

In the race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, newcomer Jud Miller has outpaced Rep. Van Burtenshaw, R-Terreton in fundraising.

Miller reported raising some $13,000, about $12,100 of which he has spent. About $4,000 of that comes from Beck, Smith, and their wives. Only $1,000 comes from out of state.

Burtenshaw has raised about $7,300, $7,100 of which he has spent. He’s raised $750 from out of state, but only $1,100 has come from eastern Idaho.

Raymond vs. Davis

In the race to fill the seat by Burtenshaw’s decision to seek a Senate seat, Jerald Raymond has pulled far ahead of Daniel Davis in terms of fundraising.

Raymond has raised a total of $12,000, and after spending $7,300 of that, he has $4,600 left in the bank. Only $25o of that comes from out of state, and about $3,300 comes from outside eastern Idaho.

Davis has raised $3,500, the bulk of which comes from in-kind contributions from himself. He received $1,000 from Beck, and the rest of his funds come from outside of eastern Idaho.


Reporter Bryan Clark can be reached at 208-542-6751.




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