Education Voters of Idaho: 'We intended to be a social welfare organization'

John Foster of Education Voters of Idaho shared with reporters the following letter, sent to Secretary of State Ben Ysursa.

In it, Foster and fellow EVI co-founder Debbie Field said the group is still considering an appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court — but decided to comply with District Judge Michael Wetherell's order to release its list of donors.

Field and Foster again downplayed the notion that EVI was political in nature.

"We intended to be a social welfare organization, not a political committee, and we want to fulfill the mission our donors support. We don't yet know how we will do that moving forward, but we believe we must do so for the future of Idaho's schools."

Here, in full, is their letter to Ysursa:

Although we strongly disagree with the ruling by Fourth District Court Judge Michael Wetherell, we have decided to fully comply with his order rather than immediately file an appeal. Because of the importance of the legal issues that were addressed in summary fashion by the court and the potential consequences of the decision that was rendered in our case, we are still considering whether to take an appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court.

The current circumstances exist due to a simple disagreement over the substance and application of Idaho's campaign finance law. As your chief deputy stated earlier this month in a letter to other organizations, the law has "not been clearly enunciated in the past." We are disappointed you selected our organization as the vehicle by which you chose to try to clarify the law. That said, we respect you, your office and your role in the political process.

We submit this report along with two requests. First, please accept our previous offer to work with you in future sessions of the Idaho Legislature so there is more clarity in the law and in your office's guidelines for definitions of political activity. Other organizations should not have to suffer through such a public battle. Our offer is sincere, and we submit it with the same good faith we brought when we first approached your office for guidance months ago.

Second, we ask for whatever assistance we may need from your Business division and Elections Division as we work through the complicated corporate governance and tax implications of the judge's order. We formed Education Voters of Idaho to advocate for education reform and to inform the public on the issue – this year and for many years to come. We intended to be a social welfare organization, not a political committee, and we want to fulfill the mission our donors support. We don't yet know how we will do that moving forward, but we believe we must do so for the future of Idaho's schools.

Finally, we want to make it clear to you and to the public that our actions were based solely on what we believe are our duties to our donors, and our duty to protect our rights as a corporation under Idaho code, the Idaho Constitution and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We are proud of our donors and humbled by their strong support for long-term education reform in Idaho.

Sincerely,

John Foster and Debbie Field
Education Voters of Idaho

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HAhahaha

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah,giggle,snort,guffaw,wheeze,chortle.
Yeah John, Debbie, your honesty and sincerity is overwhelming and very convincing.
The only thing that would make this scam story any better, is to see you brought up on fraud charges by the I.R.S.

Pure evidence you live in their "Idaho Fiefdom"

Especially when they can call their buds Foster Freiss, Michael Bloomberg, and the Boise "Prince of Darkness" himself (not Vandersloot--he's more transparent), Albertsons scion Joe Scott.

Amazing, simply amazing! What was that movie a while back, "My private little Idaho" or something(?).

Unions

Yeah, this is so much worse than the NEA pumping millions of dollars of corrupt union money into the issue... It still amazes me that people refuse to see the facts...which are that the quality of public education has drastically fallen since the teachers joined the union corruption machine...all at a cost to taxpayers that is spiraling out of control...

What is corrupt about

What is corrupt about unions? What does our teachers being in unions - which are very weak in Idaho - have to do with education? How do taxpayers have to pay more for unions? You make no sense.

They don't have to make sense

They just have to hate....

Hate what?

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Game Over

Your list of donors made clear what the aims of your organization are: the privatizing and plundering of the public school system. Crawl back under the foul rock from which you came.

Idaho Statesman, are you going to issue a retraction for the Reader's Opinion you published on behalf of these lying weasels, when they were claiming to be the voice of the little guy?

I would like to see a

I would like to see a retraction of the Reader's opinion on your endorsement of yes on 2.... It is clear that this legislation is corrupt. The money trail is there. On November 6 we have an opportunity to reject this corrupt legislation designed to reward the contributors while our education in our state is plundered to make rich people even richer. John Foster and Debbie Fields knew the donor list would remind us that there is a money trail that leads to K-12, the Albertson's heir, Tom Luna and probably HP.... The whole deal seems suspect from the laptop lease to our attack on our teachers and students. VOTE FOR IDAHO! VOTE NO on 1,2, and 3!

I sat in a room while Luna stated that education was great in Idaho while he debated Stan Olsen in October 2010... In January 2011 his story changed. He was just supporting his major donors and trying to make a play for higher office. Let us see what this legislation is and scrap it. We can deal with REAL reform when Luna is OUT of office.

I would like to see a

I would like to see a retraction of the Reader's opinion on your endorsement of yes on 2.... It is clear that this legislation is corrupt. The money trail is there. On November 6 we have an opportunity to reject this corrupt legislation designed to reward the contributors while our education in our state is plundered to make rich people even richer. John Foster and Debbie Fields knew the donor list would remind us that there is a money trail that leads to K-12, the Albertson's heir, Tom Luna and probably HP.... The whole deal seems suspect from the laptop lease to our attack on our teachers and students. VOTE FOR IDAHO! VOTE NO on 1,2, and 3!

I sat in a room while Luna stated that education was great in Idaho while he debated Stan Olsen in October 2010... In January 2011 his story changed. He was just supporting his major donors and trying to make a play for higher office. Let us see what this legislation is and scrap it. We can deal with REAL reform when Luna is OUT of office.

YES!!!!

YES!!!!!!!

Foster is nothing but a spin

Foster is nothing but a spin artist with the full intent to influence candidates, local & state elections and legislation.

Foster's political operative record is very clear and his work is done to damage Idaho's democracy and not work in the best interests of the Hard working people of Idaho .

Foster is a political hit man for hire, he says and does anything for money.

Idahoans have never benefited from Fosters work......

I'm not sure his clients

I'm not sure his clients have ever benefited from Foster's work.

you make a strong point

you make a strong point

Good point. When is the last time he was successful?

When is the last time he ran a successful campaign? I'm sure he must have successes somewhere. If not, why would people continue to hire him? I just can't think of any.

If that is their intent, there is nothing stopping them

From doing it. If that was truly their intent, perhaps they shouldn't have immediately jumped into political activity.

Imagine what $180 million could do

If it was to be used to actually improve the schools. People need to realize that this craziness is not just Luna. It has the backing of the entire Republican establishment. There really should be more to life than scamming ways to profit from the public trust.

John Foster is a...

slimy little weasel who would throw his mother under a bus if he could profit from it.

They weren't successful.

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