Balukoff so far self-funding 82 percent of his run for Idaho governor

January 31, 2014 

Democrat A.J. Balukoff salted his campaign mine with nearly $91,000, providing 82 percent of the money he raised after announcing his run for governor in early December.

Balukoff has said the campaign to be the first Idaho Democratic governor elected since 1990 will be a "shared effort."

Balukoff's Sunshine Report was filed Thursday with the Idaho secretary of state for the July-December reporting period. The businessman raised $20,110 from individuals, including $500 from the last Democratic governor, Cecil Andrus. Bev Harad, who served on the Boise School Board with Balukoff, gave $5,000.

Those who contributed $1,000 were: Claude Milton Gillespie, Jacqueline Gail Groves, Mike Lindstrom and John Stedman of Boise; Margaret Graves of Idaho Falls; and Neil Valentine of Orem, Utah.

Balukoff reports $70,000 of his contribution as a loan and $20,750 in-kind. The in-kind spending was $20,000 to the Idaho Democratic Party for management services and $750 to Berryhill Restaurant for an event.

Balukoff spent almost $73,000, the bulk of it on preparation and production of advertising.

As the likely Democratic nominee, Balukoff would face the winner of the GOP primary between two-term incumbent Gov. Butch Otter and Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher of Meridian.

Otter reported raising almost $686,000 between July and December.

In a news release Thursday, Fulcher says he raised $250,000 in the first 10 weeks of his campaign, between mid-October and December. Fulcher will be the last of nine gubernatorial candidates to file his report, which is due Friday. His report was not yet posted Friday morning.

Five of the other six fringe candidates reported raising no money: Walter Bayes of Emmett, Harley Brown of Nampa, John Bujak of Eagle, Jill Humble of Boise and Steve Pankey of Shoshone.

Pro-Life, of Letha, reported $3,032 in contributions, most of it in-kind from himself to cover his mileage. Formerly Marvin Richardson, Pro-Life changed his name and runs for office every two years.

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