Ybarra fails to file campaign finance report

State superintendent Sherri Ybarra has failed to file an updated campaign finance report — and could be subject to fines of up to $50 a day.

The latest reports were due at the close of business Thursday.

The report in question covers the final days leading up to Ybarra’s victory in the May 15 Republican primary, and the 10 days after the election. It’s known as a 30-day post-primary report, because it is due 30 days after the primary election.

The other candidates in the superintendent’s race — Democratic nominee Cindy Wilson, Democratic candidate Allen Humble and Jeff Dillon, Ybarra’s Republican challenger — filed post-primary sunshine reports by the deadline. Their documents are available online on the secretary of state’s office’s elections website.

On Monday morning, the secretary of state’s office confirmed that Ybarra had not filed her post-primary report.

Timothy McMurtrey, Ybarra’s Boise-based campaign treasurer, did not immediately respond to telephone voicemails Monday morning.

Under state law, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney can waive the $50-a-day fine, if he determines “that the late filing was not willful and that enforcement of the liability will not further the purposes of the act.” But if a report is more than five days late, all bets are off — and under the law, the state must collect the fine.

While Ybarra’s latest sunshine report is unavailable, Wilson reported raising an additional $19,000 in the latest fundraising period, and reported having $37,000 in cash on hand. Wilson had outraised Ybarra — and the other superintendent’s candidates — in the previous filing period ending April 29.

Ybarra’s report isn’t the only missing filing. The state hasn’t posted a sunshine report for Janice McGeachin, the Idaho Falls Republican who won a five-way primary for lieutenant governor; and Bruce Bistline, a Boise Democrat who has filed to run against GOP Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

More reading: Spending in the Idaho gubernatorial primaries topped $11.4 million, according to campaign finance reports filed last week.


Kevin Richert

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 "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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