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Labrador Outpaced GOP Opponents in Fundraising

Brad Little reported the most cash on hand.

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Zach C. Cohen
Aug. 1, 2017, 10:24 a.m.

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R) raised more than $309,000 “in a little more than one month” and reported nearly $289,000 on hand. Of that money, 52 percent of donations were $100 or less. (release)

Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) raised “more than $228,000” in the first half of the year, “for a total of over $620,000 and over 1,400 donors” and 90 percent “of contributions have come from citizens and businesses across Idaho.” (release)

Developer Tommy Ahlquist (R) previously announced the highest haul of the three, more than $950,000, with significant self-funding.

Little reported nearly $450,000 on hand, “the highest among the three candidates.”

Ahlquist “closed the reporting period with $156,171 cash in the bank and $5,576 in credit card debt, mostly for food and travel.”

Labrador “received $17,500 from out-of-state political action committees, or PACs; and $40,000 in donations from the campaigns of other members of Congress, including” Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and Jim Jordan (R-OH).

“Though he no longer is paying his wife, Becca Labrador, a salary to keep the books for the campaign, Labrador did pay his son, Michael Labrador, $1,440 in wages on June 15.” (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

“[N]otable donors to Little included two former Idaho governors — Phil Batt and Dirk Kempthorne — and former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig.” (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

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