TWIN FALLS • The latest campaign-finance reports say that incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson still has a substantial fundraising advantage over his challenger Richard Stallings.
Simpson, a Republican, raised $104,019 from July 1 through Sept. 30, spent almost $79,000, and closed with $243,480, according to the October quarterly report.
Stallings, a Democrat who represented Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District from 1985 to 1993 and is looking to retake his old seat, raised $38,429 during the same period, spent $33,279.50 and closed with $11,840.
Simpson raised about $15,800 in individual contributions, $88,000 from political action committees. Most of his PAC contributions come from business groups, with the medical, agricultural and energy fields notably well represented. His biggest individual donor was the Chickasaw Nation, which gave $2,600.
Most of Stallings’ contributions — $28,221.57 — came from individual donors. He got about $4,200 from PACs — much from Idaho Democratic Party committees, but also $500 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, $750 from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Searchlight Leadership Fund, and $1,000 from SKI PAC, a committee run by centrist Utah Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson.
Individual donors who stood out include the Shoshone-Bannock tribes, who gave $1,000; A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor, who also gave $1,000; and Anonymous Anonymous, of Pocatello, who gave $267 in several small contributions during the filing period.