Category: politics

Brad Little reports fundraising.  

“The financial support from thousands of Idahoans is humbling and exciting. Our grassroots campaign continues to see surges from every corner of the state. Idahoans elected me to do a job, and that’s what I’m doing to lead Idaho to near record low unemployment, wage growth that is double the national average, and a state that is consistently recognized as one of the best places to raise a family and start a small business.” From July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 Little raised more than $500,000 from 1,200 plus donors, for a total raised of more than $1.1 million since he filed for candidacy.

Tommy Ahlquist joins ‘Freedom Rallies’, reports fundraising, responds to Labrador. Ahlquist will join author and conservative youth activists Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens at three Freedom Rallies at Boise State University, Monday, Feb. 5, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m., BSU Micron Business and Economics Building, 2360 W. University Drive, Boise; Idaho State University, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ISU Pond Student Union, 1065 Cesar Chavez, Pocatello; and in Rexburg, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., The Romance Theater, 2 E Main St..Rexburg.

Ahlquist announced that in the campaign’s first 10 months from March 1 to December 31, 2017, the campaign raised over $1 million – marking the first time in Idaho history a gubernatorial campaign has raised over $1 million in the calendar year prior to the election. “Competing with career politicians who collectively have held elected office for 27 years, have raised and spent millions of dollars campaigning for public office, and are campaigning on taxpayer dollars requires significant resources and significant investment,” said Senior Advisor Travis Hawkes. “Tommy is a political outsider who started with no established political or fundraising network – and these historic levels of support are a direct reflection of Idahoan’s desire for a fresh approach and new ideas in the Governor’s office.” In addition to the fundraising total, Ahlquist personally donated an additional $326,000 – bringing his overall contributions to the campaign to just over $700,000 and total campaign contributions to $1.7 million. 

The Ahlquist Campaign issued the following statement in response to Congressman Raul Labrador’s platform plank supporting term limits and ethics reforms: “Apparently Congressman Labrador's best idea of a policy proposal is to try to attack Tommy Ahlquist. If Congressman Labrador is really serious about his proposal, he would start with himself and his own congressional office. As we speak, Congressman Labrador is using taxpayer dollars to benefit himself and his campaign. Congressman Labrador is a career politician who has been living off of the taxpayers for years. We are glad to see that Congressman Labrador is finally following Tommy's lead on Term Limits and Ethics reforms. Tommy has led on this issue and was the first candidate to issue a plan five months ago.”

Ahlquist also issued statement following news that Gov. Butch Otter signed into law a bill lowering Idaho’s unemployment tax: “I commend the governor for signing this bill into law providing long overdue tax relief to Idaho small business owners and families. I've been advocating for the reduction of this rate for a long time and while it could easily have been done last year, I'm glad to see that in an election year things are getting done. ” 

Labrador raises $670,000 from May to December, 2017. “I’m humbled by the support I’ve received so far in this campaign,” said Labrador. “But the support is so much more than just the monetary contributions; it’s all the little things people are willing to do to make sure my campaign is a success. People across Idaho are spending countless hours each week making phone calls, talking to their neighbors, volunteering at events, and doing anything they can to build our grassroots team and take our conservative message across Idaho. But more importantly, it’s the kind words of encouragement or offering a prayer for me and my family that really means the most to me. I love the people of Idaho and love sharing my conservative vision for a stronger Idaho with them.”

Labrador also released his plan to “Dismantle the Power and Perks of Establishment Politicians,” the third plank of his “Conservative Vision for a Stronger Idaho.” His six-point plan “breaks establishment politicians' stranglehold over state government by directly taking on the rampant cronyism that has infected Boise.  His plan dismantles the power and perks of establishment politicians by ending the ‘pay to play’ atmosphere in Boise with increased oversight for state contracting, enacting constitutional term limits for statewide elected officials and state legislators, ending insider deals by strengthening penalties for officials who fail to disclose conflicts of interests, eliminating political patronage in hiring decisions, banning special interest groups from participating in the state-sponsored retirement system (PERSI), and closing loopholes that allow pension spiking.”

“The establishment is scared of what I will do as governor to break the cycle of cronyism in government,” said Labrador.  “Those who feel entitled to enrich themselves on the backs of taxpayers have to be stopped.  We need strong protections, like the ones I’m proposing, to hold public officials accountable to the people of Idaho.”

Yates reports fundraising. Lieutenant Governor candidate Steve Yates announced that in 2017 he raised $245,439.54 from nearly 500 donors. "It has been a great seven months of the campaign so far" said Yates, "and I am looking forward to winning the support of even more Idahoans over the next four months. This election is a time of choosing for Idahoans, and I am honored to have the support of voters around the state as we work to make Idaho an even better place to live."