Fulcher loans $100,000 to his campaign, 40 percent of his take

dpopkey@idahostatesman.comJanuary 31, 2014 

In the first 10 weeks of his campaign to unseat two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter, Republican Sen. Russ Fulcher reported raising about $252,000, including a $100,000 loan from himself.

Fulcher was the last of nine candidates for governor to file his Sunshine Report, doing so Friday afternoon, the deadline for the July-December reporting period.

On Thursday, Fulcher issued a news release about his fundraising that didn't mention his loan.

Fulcher raised about $152,000 from individuals and corporations. Among those were three GOP colleagues in the Legislature: Sens. Dean Mortimer of Idaho Falls and Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens, who each gave $500; and Rep. JoAn Wood of Rigby, who gave $100. Felix Nuxoll, the husband of Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood, gave $1,000.

Fulcher also got $1,000 from former Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman of Draper, Utah, who got 8 percent of the vote in the 2010 GOP primary against Otter.

Fulcher’s largest contributors were Justin Wilkerson and Bonnie Wilkerson of Boise; each gave the maximum $5,000 for the primary and $5,000 for the general election. Justin Wilkerson is executive director of the Harry M. Morrison Foundation and a grandson of the late Velma Morrison.

A.J. Balukloff, the Democrat challenging Otter, filed his report Thursday. Balukoff provided about $91,000 of the $111,000 he raised after announcing his candidacy in early December, or 82 percent of his financial support.

For more on this story, see Saturday's Idaho Statesman, in print and online.

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