Campaign finance tidbits: Playing nice?

2012-10-31T12:05:00Z 2012-10-31T13:08:37Z Campaign finance tidbits: Playing nice?By Melissa Davlin Twin Falls Times-News
October 31, 2012 12:05 pm  • 

Remember the mischief in the primaries with Republicans donating against Republicans?** It looks like some of the players are trying to make amends.

Rep. Bob Nonini's PAC, Idaho Association for Good Government, donated $1,500 to the Senate Republican PAC, according to a report filed with the Secretary of State. 

Will it be enough to repair the rift? Earlier this month, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill told Betsy Russell that if Nonini wins his Senate race, disciplinary actions aren't off the table.

On Wednesday, Hill said the donation wasn't solicited, and he hadn't discussed the donation with Nonini. 

"It's not that I don't talk to him, but I was informed by our caucus chair that that donation had come in," Hill said.

I couldn't reach Nonini for comment.

On the House side, House Majority Leader Mike Moyle is giving money to a handful of Republicans who face challengers in the general election. Of the 17 recipients, only two are incumbents in the House.  

 

**If not, here's a quick refresher. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle and House Speaker Lawerence Denney put money into political action committees that targeted their fellow House Republicans, including then-House Assistant Majority Leader Ken Roberts. The two used money from the House Victory Fund, to which House GOP members donated in what they assumed was fundraising for their colleagues. That money was funneled into PACs operated by Lou Esposito. 

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, threw money at Republican challengers in Senate primary races, including opponents to Sens. Shawn Keough and Dean Cameron. Nonini, who is running for Senate in his district, drew criticism from Senate Republicans for the move. 

None of the challengers to incumbents supported by the PACs won.

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Melissa Davlin

Melissa Davlin grew up in Meridian, Idaho and studied English with an emphasis in professional writing at University of Idaho. She has worked at the Times-News since 2007, and currently lives in Twin Falls with her husband and many pets.

Davlin has received more than a dozen journalism awards, including first place for Social Issues in the Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for her 2008 coverage on a recovering meth addict and a Daughters of the American Revolution Media Award for her coverage on the Idaho National Guard's preparations for their 2010 deployment to Iraq.

She can be reached at mdavlin@magicvalley.com and you can follow her on Twitter @tndavlin