Among Idaho’s statewide candidates: Who has the money?
When it comes to campaigning, it’s important to have cash on hand so you can react quickly as the race develops and compete with challengers for the same seat. While some candidates seem to be hoarding cash and expecting to spend copious amounts of it, others in the race for the statewide election in Idaho have already started burning it in full campaign mode. .
Applicants were required to file a monthly report with the Idaho Secretary of State office by February 10, which includes all donations of any amount, in-kind contributions and loans, as well as expenses and other financial activities from January onwards. The maximum individual contribution for a single election is $5,000, but some individuals and businesses will make two $5,000 contributions at the same time, one for the primary election and one for the general election if the candidate passes the primary process. .
Many candidates have already announced their intention to stand for election. Some have not announced publicly but have started fundraising or appointed a treasurer for a campaign. Candidates will not be on the ballot unless they officially file for candidacy in 2022.
Idaho’s primary election will be on May 17 and the general election will be on November 8. The deadline for applicants to file a statewide application is March 11.
The Idaho Capital Sun has compiled donations for statewide candidates into searchable tables and a visualization of fundraising totals, expenses and available money for each candidate.
Idaho gubernatorial candidates spend big on consulting firms
Idaho Governor Brad Little is leading the way with cash on hand and has spent about $300,000 of the $1.26 million he has in cash. Little hasn’t officially announced he’s running for office either, but he’s named a campaign manager and has raised $1.47 million so far. He also has an $800,000 personal loan from his own finances, suspended from the primary election he won in 2018, but that doesn’t count against his cash, according to campaign manager Hayden Rogers.
Little spent nearly $11,000 with a company called FP1 Strategies, an Arlington, Va.-based political consulting and advertising firm. He also donated more than $27,000 of his campaign funds to Moore Information Group, a polling firm in Portland, Oregon. He also spent $25,000 with America Rising Corporation, another Arlington company specializing in opposition research.
Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin is actively campaigning to take Little’s place as governor and recently donated nearly $101,000 of her campaign funds to AxMedia, a Kansas City, Missouri-based political advertising company, as well as over $24,000 to a graphic design company. called Kalisto Design based in Moscow, Idaho, specializing in political advertising.
Ammon Bundy, who is also running for governor as a Republican, has a small amount of money – only $11,805 remains of $325,375 raised so far. About $34,000 of those funds went to an ad company in Meridian called Four Eyed Monster, and Bundy used nearly $24,000 to repay loans for the campaign effort. Another $12,000 went to an Emmett-based company called Abish-Husbondi Inc.
Republican challenger Ed Humphreys has among the least cash on hand, with just over $6,000 remaining of $266,000 raised. Of that total, nearly $70,000 was spent on broadcast advertising, over $53,000 was spent on other publicity efforts, and over $20,000 was spent on events.
Steve Bradshaw, a Bonner County commissioner who is running for governor as a Republican, has about $3,800 in cash of more than $56,000 raised so far during his campaign. He spent $10,000 of that total on a Missoula, Montana media company called Cherry Creek Media, and $7,500 for an in-kind contribution to the Cocolalla Cowboy Church.
Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad, who is running for governor as a Democrat, has raised more than $94,000 so far and spent more than $46,000, with nearly $45,000 remaining. The bulk of that, about $23,000, went to pay campaign staff, along with nearly $11,000 for general operating expenses and about $7,500 for travel and food.
Robert Dempsay, who is also running as a Democrat, raised $1,263 and spent $1,017, mostly on advertising.
Fellow Republican candidates Lisa Marie, Cody Usabel and Jeff Cotton reported no contributions, nor did the Constitution Pro-Life party candidate.
Paul Sand, a White Bird libertarian, nominated a treasurer and announced his candidacy, but reported no contributions.
Candidates for Lieutenant Governor Demonstrate Significant In-Kind Contributions
House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, and Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, continue to be close to fundraising totals, but Giddings has spent more so far, leaving her with less money in hand.
Bedke has over $372,000 in cash with $71,000 in expenses, including over $27,000 spent on events and nearly $15,000 on publicity. Bedke also received several large in-kind contributions, including $3,353 from the Coeur d’Alene Resort and $3,600 from Con Paulos, a Jerome resident who owns a Chevrolet dealership.
Giddings spent over $148,000 of his $416,000 raised, leaving over $254,000 in reserve. About $42,000 of Giddings’ expenses went to salaries for a Layton, Utah company called Red Mountain Direct, while about $10,000 was spent on campaign events and nearly $40,000 $ was spent on campaign materials and related advertising.
Giddings also reported two in-kind contributions of $310 each from Alta Arms, a custom armory in Coeur d’Alene. Giddings recently emailed supporters offering an AR-15 from Alta Arms, saying the gun was worth $1,510.
Terri Pickens Manweiler, a Boise lawyer who is so far the only Democrat in the race for lieutenant governor, has more than $88,000 in cash of nearly $109,000 raised. So far, she has spent about $20,000 largely on campaign staff salaries and operations.
The candidate for the Attorney General has a large sum of money in hand
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced he would seek a sixth term in late November. He was first elected in 2002, making him the longest serving attorney general in Idaho history. He will face several opponents in the May primary, including former U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador, who announced the week before Wasden that he would report for office.
Wasden has over $89,000 in cash of the $121,667 raised, behind Labrador’s overall amount of $319,519 and over $267,000 in cash.
Neither has spent more than $30,000 so far on their campaigns, and most of the spending has been on travel, food and staff salaries. Labrador also spent more than $4,000 on Littlefield Consulting LLC, a political communications firm based in Washington, DC.
Fellow Republican and Coeur d’Alene attorney Arthur Macomber has about $3,600 in cash, having spent nearly $97,000 of his total funds raised. Of that total, $50,065 went to McShane LLC, a political consulting firm in Las Vegas, Nevada, and $10,000 went to broadcast publicity efforts.
Three candidates for Secretary of State spend most on advertising
Three Republican candidates have announced their candidacies for Idaho Secretary of State – Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane, State Senator Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene and State Representative Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley.
Secretary of State Lawrence Denney has not announced whether he will run again.
McGrane has the most cash on hand, with nearly $139,000 of the $188,000 raised. Moon has nearly $90,000 in cash out of over $121,000 raised, while Souza has about $64,600 in cash out of nearly $97,000 raised.
But McGrane has spent the most so far, with more than $48,000 spent on food and campaign events, brochures and ads, including the cost of printing, as well as other costs for staff and travel.
Moon has spent nearly $32,000 since her announcement in November, of which about $17,500 has gone to graphics company Kalisto Design in Moscow, Idaho.
Souza has spent more than $32,000 so far, including about $8,500 for travel and more than $3,000 for food, with the rest split between campaign materials and other operating expenses.
The superintendent candidate with the most money spent little
In the race for superintendent of public instruction, incumbent Sherri Ybarra has yet to announce whether she will run again. Former Idaho State Board of Education President Debbie Critchfield, meanwhile, raised more than $205,000 for the office, along with nearly $165,000 in cash. Fellow Republican Branden Durst has over $6,300 in cash of the $31,000 he has raised so far, and Ybarra has raised nearly $21,500 with around $10,500 in cash.
Critchfield has spent his money largely on campaign management services, including nearly $4,100 for a company called HA Group in Star, Idaho. About $4,000 was also spent on advertising.
Durst largely spent his $25,400 in funds for events, publicity, and other operational expenses, while Ybarra spent about $10,000, mostly on travel and broadcast advertising.