Idaho Gov. Otter raises $125K in second half of 2011, repays himself $50K

Gov. Butch Otter has accelerated his campaign fundraising and used $50,000 of the cash to pay down $206,000 in loans he made to his 2010 re-election effort.

Otter, who said at a December fundraiser that he will seek a third term in 2014, garnered about 70 percent of the money from corporate contributors who do business with the state or lobby state officials.

Otter filed his Sunshine Report for July to December shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Otter raised $124,941, well above his pace in the first six months of 2011, when he raised $48,103.

His campaign still owes the governor $156,000 and has $56,177 in cash. That's up from a cash balance of $10,044 in June.

Contributors giving $5,000 or more were: Farmers Employees and Agents Political Action Committee, $5,800; CenturyLink Idaho PAC, $5,000; Coeur d'Alene Tribe, $5,000; Forest Capital Partners, $5,000; Ground Force Manufacturing, $5,000; Idaho Forest Group, $5,000; Idaho Power, $5,000; M3 Companies, which is developing in the Eagle foothills, $5,000; LifeNexus, a Colorado-based medical records company, $5,000; Potlatch, $5,000; Stimson Lumber Co., $5,000.

Contributors between $1,000 and $4,999 were: Idaho Dairymen's Association, $3,500; Rocky Mountain Power, $3,000; Idaho Land Fund, controlled by Albertson heir Joe Scott, $2,500; Idaho Credit Union League, $2,500; Midas Gold, $2,500; Idaho Beer & Wine Distributors, $2,500; John Deere PAC, $2,000; Red Rock Allied of Rigby, $2,000; Coeur d'Alene Mines, $1,400 ($1,000 from former CEO Dennis Wheeler and $400 from the company); Altria, a tobacco and wine company, $1,000; Anheuser-Busch, $1,000; AT&T, $1,000; 3M Traffic Controls Divisions, $1,000; Dow Agrosciences, $1,000; Empire Airlines, $1,000; Dan Goicoechea, a lobbyist for Paris Hills Agricom, which has a phosphate mine in Bear Lake County, $1,000; Hecla Mining Co., $1,000; Twin Lakes Canal Co., $1,000.

Below $1,000: Bennett Lumber Products, $500; Clearwater Paper, $500; Corrections Corporation of America, which runs Idaho's private prison, $500; Rite Stuff Foods, $500; Lake City Ford, $400; Idaho Sugarbeet Growers PAC, $250, Community Bank, $200; Idaho Wheat & Barley PAC, $200.

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Why does he need to spend

Why does he need to spend any money on his campaign at all? Afterall, Idaho Republicans are in lock-step, and there aren't enough Idaho Democrats to challenge him.

Yepper!

That's because we know he's doing the best job possible, and he'll have our two votes next time too! However, nice attempt at stirring the liberal cesspool, Poopkey!

All contributors seem to be

All contributors seem to be businesses and corporation trying to win favor. Go figure?

Gee, whoda thunk?

Imagine Otter: "...garnered about 70 percent of the money from corporate contributors who do business with the state or lobby state officials." is it so hard to believe he is a governor "of the people?" I'm not one of the people he represents. But then I don't have $ thousands to buy his ear.

Yawn! Another Dan Popkey Hit Piece!

"Otter, who said at a December fundraiser that he will seek a third term in 2014"

But I would like to see who else will be running against him. I don't think he is Conservative enough for my taste.

Good Info

Yes your right, Dan does a great job getting the people of Idaho valuable political information that we can use to make important votes in the future. The best politicians can't be bought, they just do the right thing. Thanks Statesman

a question

Crony capitalism much?