Last month, I wrote about Democratic state Sen. Nicole LeFavour's quick start , after she raised about $59,000 from individuals in the last two weeks of March, besting seven-term GOP Congressman Mike Simpson's $42,000 from individuals.
LeFavour's pace has slowed considerably according to her pre-primary report to the Federal Election Commission, covering April 1 to April 25.
The Boise lawmaker raised $8,955 for the period, all from individuals. Simpson raised $32,473 from individuals and another $14,750 from political action committees. Since April 25, Simpson has reported another $13,278 in large contributions from individuals and PACs, including tobacco company Altria, the National Rifle Association, Honeywell International, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and the Credit Union League. Large contributions must be reported within 48 hours in the runup to the May 15 primary.
LeFavour has said she needs to raise $1 million to defeat Simpson in one of the nation's most solidly Republican districts. Through April 25, LeFavour raised $67,901 for the 2012 election and had $61,135 cash on hand. Simpson had raised $762,248 for 2012, with $203,993 on hand.
LeFavour's primary opponent, Jack Wayne Chappell of Buhl, has not filed a finance report.
Simpson's primary challenger, Chick Hieleson of Idaho Falls, also has yet to file a report with the FEC, though he says he has crossed the threshold in federal law that requires candidates to report after raising $5,000.
On Saturday, Hieleson told my colleague, Sean Cockerham, that he's raised about $40,000. He said his accountant was supposed to file a report and said he didn't know what was holding up the filing. Two years ago, Hieleson raised $127,000 against Simpson, who won with 58 percent of the vote compared to Hieleson's 24 percent.
Heileson was fined $990 by the FEC for failure to file a report in 2010.
In Idaho's 1st District, GOP incumbent Rep. Raul Labrador extended his financial edge over likely Democratic nominee Jimmy Farris. Labrador raised $19,200 between April 1 and April 25, for a total of $551,351 in the election cycle. Labrador had $194,791 on hand. Since April 25, Labrador raised $6,500 in 48-hour contributions, from Altria, the Credit Union League, Honeywell and the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Farris raised just $1,585 between April 1 and April 25 and $27,489 for 2012. He had $7,169 in cash.
Farris's primary opponent, Cynthia Clinkingbeard of Boise, has not filed an FEC report. Neither has Labrador's opponent, Reed McCandless of Moscow.
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