Idaho's third-largest political action committee, Snake River PAC, stands to grow now that the Federal Election Commission has agreed the committee can vastly expand its solicitation list.
The FEC released issued its
advisory opinion Thursday, which frees the PAC to solicit and collect contributions from seven incorporated sugarbeet grower associations.
"The Commission concluded that the Associations are trade associations affiliated with Snake River, and that they may therefore solicit their members, executive and administrative personnel and their families as well as the shareholders and executive and administrative personnel of their corporate members and their families that have provided prior approval for such solicitations, for contributions to Snake River PAC," the Commission said in a news release.
Snake River Sugar PAC was founded in 1998 and has grown to be Idaho's No. 3 PAC, trailing the J.R. Simplot PAC and Micron PAC. The PAC favors incumbents and leans Republican, but in the 2004, 2008 and 2010 campaign cycles gave more to Democratic members of Congress. In the 2010 cycle, the PAC spent $63,500 on federal candidates. (Simplot's 2010 spending was $153,700, Micron's $67,628.)
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