By all accounts, Gov. Mitt Romney can count on Idaho’s electoral votes next Tuesday. But the state is helping the Republican presidential candidate in other ways.
The Idaho Republican Party is paying for Romney campaign mailers in Nevada. The party is part of a joint fundraising agreement with fundraising committee Romney Victory, Inc., that allows Romney supporters to put big bucks into the campaign.
The maximum amount an individual can donate to Romney Victory, Inc. is $75,800 — far more than the $5,000 per election cycle an individual can contribute directly to Romney’s campaign.
Here’s how it works: Because the $75,800 is split between multiple accounts, the national Republican party and four state parties -- including Idaho -- it follows the Federal Election Commission laws, which limit the amount individuals can donate to each fund.
The Obama Victory Fund uses the same donation formula, with a cap of $75,800 as well. (The Idaho Democratic Party isn't part of the Obama Victory Fund formula.)
With the money, the Idaho Republican Party can spend money on mailers in swing states, where Romney needs the help.
“Through our joint fundraising agreement, we knew that Nevada was going to be one of the swing states that we wanted to (put) some money in there to help Romney win,” said Joshua Whitworth, executive director of the Idaho Republican Party.
According to an Oct. 16 report by NPR, the Romney campaign pays the Idaho Republican Party $20,000 per month as part of the fundraising agreement through Romney Victory, Inc., and has parked $8 million with the state central committee.
The other states in joint fundraising agreement are Massachusetts, Vermont and Oklahoma.
It’s not all about money. The Romney campaign is getting other types of help from Idaho Republicans.
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, spent part of the week in Nevada campaigning for Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. On Thursday, Labrador introduced Ryan at a Reno rally.
Idaho also sent GOP volunteers to Nevada to work on the campaign.
“We’ve been doing support all the way to Las Vegas,” Whitworth said.