What is the average amount donated to candidates in the State of Idaho? About $500
As donations continue to pour in for the upcoming 2022 election in Idaho, the number of individual contributions to all candidates statewide is nearly 9,700, with an average donation amount of about $500.
Idaho’s primary election will be on May 17, and the general election will be on November 8, 2022. The deadline for candidates to file a statewide nomination is March 11.
Applicants for statewide office have filed a 2021 annual report with the Idaho Secretary of State office on January 10, which included all donations of any amount, as well as in-kind contributions and loans. Between January 10 and the next monthly filing date on February 10, applicants are required to report donations over $1,000 within 48 hours of receiving the contribution. Throughout the year, candidates will also file expenses and other financial activities in monthly reports.
The maximum individual contribution for a single election is $5,000, but some individuals and businesses will make two $5,000 contributions at the same time, one for the primary election and one for the general election if the candidate passes the primary process. .
Many candidates have already announced their intention to run for office, while some have not announced it publicly but have started fundraising or appointed a treasurer for a campaign. Candidates will not be on the ballot unless they officially file for candidacy in 2022.
The Idaho Capital Sun compiled all of the donations reported by candidates for statewide office in searchable tables sorted by date of donation. These tables will be updated regularly throughout the 2022 election.
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Candidates using thousands of dollars of equity for campaigns
Gov. Brad Little still hasn’t announced whether he’s running for a second term in the Republican primary, but he’s raised more than $1.4 million since the start of 2021. In a recent press conference, the ‘Idaho Capital Sun asked Little if he was planning on running for another term, and he said, “I wouldn’t bet against that.”
Little had 1,769 donations as of Feb. 3, including more than $990,000 from Idaho sources. He also raised $91,000 from donors in Utah and more than $74,000 from donors in Washington State.
If he does run, one of Little’s challengers will be Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who declared her intention to run for the job last summer. McGeachin raised more than $517,000, with 1,182 donations, the vast majority of which came from Idaho individuals and businesses. Its second largest source of contributions comes from California, at $6,340.
McGeachin’s total also includes a $200,000 contribution from his own funds donated on Dec. 31, as well as $10,000 from his previous campaign for lieutenant governor.
Ed Humphreys, who is also running as a Republican, raised more than $253,000 from 508 donors who mostly live in the Treasure Valley area. This total includes $10,000 from Humphreys equity.
Ammon Bundy, who is run as a republican, has skyrocketed in the fundraising tally, from $19,000 in major contributions at the end of 2021 to more than $292,000 as of January 26 — a total that includes more than $91,000 in loans from its own campaign funds. Bundy reported 890 donations, 30 of which were reported as in-kind, non-monetary contributions.
Steve Bradshaw, a Bonner County Commissioner who announced his candidacy for governor as a Republican, raised $51,381, including more than $1,300 of his own funds in the form of loans.
Fellow Republican candidates Lisa Marie, Cody Usabel and Jeff Cotton reported no contributions.
Paul Sand, a White Bird libertarian, nominated a treasurer and announced his candidacy but did not report any contributions.
Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad, who announced in November that he would run for governor as a Democrat, has raised $79,000 so far, with about $5,500 coming from donors in Washington state.
Democratic candidate Robert Dempsay, who announced his candidacy in Novemberhas contributed $500 of his own funds to his campaign so far, while fellow Democrat Melissa Sue Robinson declared no contributions.
Fundraising mostly stagnates in race for lieutenant governor
Two Republicans have announced their intention to run for lieutenant governor, and both are members of the Idaho Legislative Assembly.
House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, has more than $434,000 in his campaign coffers, a $1,000 increase since late January, compared to Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, which raised more than $371,000, an increase of approximately $11,000. Bedke had 552 donations as of Feb. 3, compared to Giddings’ 2,251.
It also reflects many other small donations for Giddings’ campaign. Bedke’s average donation is $775, while Giddings’ average donation is $164. Both received the majority of their donations from individuals and businesses in Idaho, but both also reported a large amount of donations from California. Bedke received $5,750 from California sources, while Giddings brings in $9,020.
Terri Pickens Manweiler, a Boise attorney who is so far the only Democrat in the running for lieutenant governor, has raised $102,800, with an average donation amount of $529.
Three Republicans vying for Idaho attorney general job
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced he would seek a sixth term in late November. He was first elected in 2002, making him the longest serving attorney general in Idaho history. He will face several opponents in the May primary, including former U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador, who announced the week before Wasden that he would report for office.
Wasden has so far brought in more than $76,000 in contributions, far behind Labrador’s total of more than $293,000.
Both have high average donations – Wasden’s average contribution is around $1,400, while Labrador’s is over $2,200.
Arthur Macomber, a Coeur d’Alene attorney, is also a candidate for the job. Macomber brings in just over $97,000, of which about $40,000 is his own funds.
Dennis Colton Boyles, a Sandpoint attorney, appointed a treasurer Jan. 7 as Bonner County Treasurer. Boyles recently represented Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin in a lawsuit for public records and had named a treasurer to seek the position of Idaho attorney general in April 2021, but had not reported any campaign contributions.
Ada County Clerk leads fundraising battle for Secretary of State
Three Republican candidates have announced their candidacy for Idaho’s secretary of state — Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane, Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene and Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley.
Chad Houck, who is Idaho’s undersecretary of state, dropped out of the race in December, citing a desire to spend time with his family rather than on the campaign trail. Secretary of State Lawrence Denney has not announced whether he will run again.
McGrane has a large reserve of nearly $176,000 from 683 donors, compared to Moon’s $110,000 from 170 donors. Souza is not far behind with around $95,600 from 139 contributions.
It’s still unclear if the Idaho schools chief will run for another term
Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra has not announced whether she will run for re-election in 2022, but she has raised $19,855 so far.
That amount pales in comparison to one of her Republican opponents, former Idaho State Board of Education chair Debbie Critchfield, who has raised more than $195,000 from 246 contributors since she announced her campaign in May, including a recent $5,000 donation from campaign manager Tyler Hurst.
Branden Durst, who is a former Democratic lawmaker as a Republican for office, raised more than $29,000 from 128 donors.
Idaho State Comptroller is operating unopposed so far, but continues to fundraise
Brandon Woolf, who has served as Idaho’s state comptroller since 2012, is running unopposed so far for re-election to the position. But he declared $77,400 in contributions, including a $50,000 loan from his own funds.