Campaign finances show divide in North Idaho GOP
April 26, 2022
The Idaho Republican primary races of 2022 are shaping up to be one of the most divisive in history as the self-proclaimed "conservative" wing of the party has launched a full-out assault, not on other political parties, but on those of their own party upon whom they pin former president Donald Trump's disparaging acronym for party members who don't buy the lies or march in rigid lockstep, the RINO, Republican in Name Only.
Among local candidates on the Boundary County GOP primary ballots in challenged races, the right-leaning candidates are bringing in and spending considerably more on their campaigns than their more moderate counterparts in all but two races except for the race for GOP Boundary County Coroner, a race with neither candidate reporting either contributions or expenditures. Theirs is possibly the most civil of the county May 17 Republican races.
Fioravanti's top donors include Christian Fioravante, $979, Gabriel Fioravanti, $950, William Green, $500, Palau Properties LLC, $500, and Jeanine Betsher, $400. Other donors include Donna Capurso of Redoubt News and Warren Campbell, pastor of the Lordship Church.
His top donors are Kyle Watts, $1,000, FALCKCO LLC, $1,000, and Hometown Idaho PAC, $350.
Donors to Woodward's campaign include Agra-PAC, Idaho Forest Group, Idaho Wheat and Barley PAC, UHFG Insurance PAC, Melaleuca Inc., Potlatch Deltic, Avista, Clearwater Paper, Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities PAC, Idaho Power, J.R. Simplot Company, BNSF Railway, Quantum Concepts, Senate Republican PAC of Idaho, Idaho Hospital Association PAC, Avista Corp, Idaho Association of Realtors, Idaho Forest Group, Hecla Mining and Stimson Lumber Company.
Donors to Herdon's campaign include RhinoPAC, Hometown Idaho PAC, B&L Company Tree Top Ranches, Palou Properties LLC, Christian Fioravanti, AirSeal Insulation LLC, Army Surplus, Big Daddy's Sweets, Ego Fishing Inc., Warren Campbell and the Abolish Abortion PAC.
In its other endorsements, Hometown Idaho Pac mirrored the endorsements of the Bonner County Republican Central Committee.
Sauter has reported $13,410 in donations from 14 donors and no expenses. His major donors are Dennis Pense, Karen Pence, Idaho Power Company, Ronald Marron, Waterfront Property Management and DL Dawson.
Travis Thompson reports donations of $7,982 from 13 donors including Agra-PAC, General Contracting Company and Will's Plumbing. He lists $3,847 in expenditures.
Hutchings reports $5,600 in donations from 15 donors and expenses of $3,378. Donors include Donna Capurso, RhinoPAC, Hometown Idaho PAC and his own Sagle business, Sheepdog Supplies.
Steve Johnson reports one donor, himself, giving his campaign $700, of which $696 were expenditures.
Dixon, who reports expenditures of $66,563, including a $250 contribution to Idahope Families, Sandpoint, $160 to the Boundary County Republican Central Committee, $600 to the Foundation for Wildlife Management, $400 to Bonner County Republican Women Inc. and $55 to the Boundary County 4-H Leaders Association, received contributions from Agri-Pac, Idaho Forest Group, Avista, the Idaho State Independent Auto Dealers Association, Anheuser Busch, Idaho Loggers PAC, Allstate Insurance Company, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Idaho Power, Idaho Realtors, the Idaho Bankers Association, Blue Cross of Idaho, Idaho Cable Broadband Association PAC, Idaho Potato Industry PAC, Idaho Truck PAC, Idaho Wheat and Barley PAC and North Idaho Builders PAC.
Engel reports expenditures of $9,203, all on campaign expenses. His donors include Hometown Idaho PAC, Rhino PAC, Nosworthy's Hall of Fame, Santilli and Associates, Lynda Fioravanti and Pastor Warren Campbell.
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