The election money race: a deep dive into the raw numbers

I’ll be writing my weekly analysis piece Thursday on the campaign money race, heading into next week’s primary elections.

But in researching the story, I dove into the sunshine reports for the statewide races — and the key legislative primaries we’ve been watching since the close of the candidate filing period in March.

I’m looking at two sets of numbers in the statewide races: total fundraising and spending since Jan. 1, 2021; and a 30-day fundraising and spending snapshot.

The idea is to look for candidates that seem to be picking up and spending a lot of late money (such as Attorney General Lawrence Wasden), and for candidates that seem to be tapering off (in the secretary of state’s race, for example, both Rep. Dorothy Moon and Sen. Mary Souza have raised modest amounts of money since April, relative to Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane).

In the high-profile legislative races, some big numbers stand out. Two Senate candidates have raised more than $100,000, and two East Idaho House challengers are closing in on that mark. Six-figure legislative war chests aren’t unheard of. But they are rare.

Here are the raw numbers. I’ll put it all into some perspective in my Thursday analysis piece.

Superintendent of public instruction

Debbie Critchfield, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $319,559; spent $157,357.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $44,870; spent $87,039.

Branden Durst, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $67,745; spent $43,638.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $18,720; spent $5,073.

Sherri Ybarra, Republican (incumbent)

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $34,469; spent $28,939.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $5,087; spent $2,491.

Terry Gilbert, Democrat

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $4,744; spent $921.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $3,750; spent $440.

Governor

Brad Little, Republican (incumbent)

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $2,070,740; spent $1,382,263.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $291,061; spent $324,583.

Janice McGeachin, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $710,569; spent $394,415.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $67,354; spent $88,990.

Ed Humphreys, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $438,357; spent $378,336.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $79,655; spent $36,614.

Steve Bradshaw, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $87,733; spent $77,196.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $20,357; spent $14,179.

Ashley Jackson, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $4,787; spent $4,177.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $1,708; spent $1,758.

Ben Cannady, Republican

No fundraising activity.

Lisa Marie, Republican

No fundraising activity.

Cody Usabel, Republican

No fundraising activity.

Shelby Rognstad, Democrat (write-in)

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $222,126; spent $151,072.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $74,143; spent $50,612.

Stephen Heidt, Democrat

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $765; spent $304.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $765; spent $304.

David Reilly, Democrat (write-in)

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $516; spent $396.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: No fundraising activity.

Ammon Bundy, independent

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $404,952; spent $401,519.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $5,844; spent $6,594.

Lieutenant governor

Scott Bedke, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $795,263; spent $452,527.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $199,245; spent $219,651.

Priscilla Giddings, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $630,678; spent $420,258.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $92,240; spent $151,710.

Daniel Giasorowski, Republican

No fundraising activity.

Terri Pickens Manweiler, Democrat

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $155,112; spent $53,862.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $16,635; spent $7,153.

Attorney general

Raul Labrador, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $592,449; spent $323,929.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $149,168; spent $157,039.

Lawrence Wasden, Republican (incumbent)

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $451,293; spent $357,255.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $121,803; spent $207,488.

Arthur Macomber, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $137,643; spent $128,223.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $877; spent $2,799.

Steven Scanlin, Democrat

No fundraising activity.

Secretary of state

Phil McGrane, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $408,939; spent $204,591.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $126,327; spent $123,433.

Dorothy Moon, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $226,297; spent $159,462.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $12,819; spent $54,472.

Mary Souza, Republican

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $120,655; spent $60,325.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $17,763; spent $13,226.

Shawn Keenan, Democrat

Jan. 1, 2021-May 11, 2022: Raised $200; no spending.

April 11, 2022-May 11, 2022: Raised $200; no spending.

Key contested legislative primaries

Senate, District 1

Scott Herndon, Republican, Sagle: Raised $101,617; spent $65,703.

Sen. Jim Woodward, R-Sagle (incumbent): Raised $75,844; spent $60,386.

Senate, District 4

Tara Malek, Republican, Coeur d’Alene: Raised $64,578; spent $53,002.

Ben Toews, Republican, Coeur d’Alene: Raised $47,087; spent $27,480.

House Seat B, District 4

Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d’Alene (incumbent): Raised $47,716; spent $31,221.

Elaine Price, Republican, Coeur d’Alene: Raised $24,369; spent $18,345.

Roger Garlock, Republican, Coeur d’Alene: Raised $1,956; no spending.

Senate, District 6

Sen. Robert Blair, R-Kendrick (incumbent): Raised $18,062; spent $8,553.

Jen Seegmiller, Republican, Moscow: Raised $8,897; spent $7,860.

Dan Foreman, Republican, Viola: Raised $3,920; spent $3,597.

Senate, District 7

Cindy Carlson, Republican, Riggins: Raised $36,799; spent $36,798.

Sen. Carl Crabtree, R-Grangeville (incumbent): Raised $31,870; spent $20,780.

Keith Stuffle, Republican, Lewiston: Raised $524; spent $524.

Heather Rogers, Republican, Lewiston: No fundraising activity.

Senate, District 9

Sen. Abby Lee, R-Fruitland (incumbent): Raised $17,821; spent $30,763.

Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell (incumbent): Raised $20,219; spent $22,057.

Jordan Marques, Republican, Payette: Raised $10,813; spent $8,338.

Kayla Dunn, Republican: Raised $2,002; spent $1,611.

(Due to redistricting, Lee and Rice now live in the same legislative district.)

House Seat B, District 9

Rep. Scott Syme, R-Wilder (incumbent): Raised $54,374; spent $29,034.

Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale (incumbent): Raised $16,000; spent $14,157.

(Due to redistricting, Syme and Boyle now live in the same legislative district.)

Senate, District 10

Scott Brock, Republican, Middleton: Raised $26,320; spent $13,874.

Rep. Tammy Nichols, R-Middleton (sitting House member): Raised $24,758; spent $10,940.

Senate, District 11

Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell (sitting House member): Raised $47,311; spent $26,390.

Chris Trakel, Republican, Caldwell: No fundraising activity.

Senate, District 14

Sen. C. Scott Grow, R-Eagle (incumbent): Raised $40,312; spent $32,396.

Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett (incumbent): Raised $20,526; spent $20,324.

Katie Donahue, Republican, Emmett: No fundraising activity.

(Due to redistricting, Grow and Thayn now live in the same legislative district.)

House Seat B, District 14

Josh Tanner, Republican, Eagle: Raised $44,225; spent $17,370.

Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt, R-Eagle (incumbent): Raised $23,870; spent $3,226.

Senate, District 15

Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise (incumbent): Raised $111,975; spent $50,598.

Sen. Codi Galloway, R-Boise (sitting House member): Raised $37,230; spent $19,738.

Dorothy Greenzang, Republican, Boise: Raised $700; spent $467.

Senate, District 20

Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise (incumbent): Raised $69,805; spent $44,628.

Rosa Martinez, Republican, Meridian: Raised $24,788; spent $11,786.

House Seat A, District 22

Rep. Greg Ferch, R-Boise (incumbent): Raised $37,499; spent $7,580.

Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Meridian (incumbent): Raised $26,950; spent $9,795.

(Due to redistricting, Ferch and Vander Woude now live in the same legislative district.)

Senate, District 26

Rep. Laurie Lickley, R-Jerome (sitting House member): Raised $52,705; spent $21,702.

Eric Parker, Republican, Hailey: Raised $19,210; spent $12,639.

House Seat A, District 31

Jerald Raymond, Republican, Menan: Raised $35,265; spent $26,537.

Rep. Karey Hanks, R-St. Anthony (incumbent): Raised $26,895; spent $19,417.

House Seat A, District 33

Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls (incumbent): Raised $30,909; spent $29,191.

Jeff Thompson, Republican, Idaho Falls: Raised $27,300; spent $3,178.

House Seat B, District 34

Britt Raybould, Republican, Rexburg: Raised $97,865; spent $46,135.

Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg (incumbent): Raised $40,850; spent $26,368.

House Seat B, District 35

Josh Wheeler, Republican, Ammon: Raised $85,265; spent $42,215.

Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon (incumbent): Raised $21,258; spent $20,419.

 

Kevin Richert

About Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television; and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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