Elections: Ybarra won regardless of meager fundraising

State superintendent-elect Sherri Ybarra was elected in spite of meager fundraising throughout the yr — and virtually nonexistent fundraising in the runup to the Nov. four election.

Sherri Ybarra square

Sherri Ybarra

Ybarra, a Mountain Property Republican, raised only $ two,329.15 from Oct. 20 by way of Nov. 14, in accordance to campaign finance reviews filed Thursday. Virtually half of this sum came in a single contribution: a $ one,000 contribution from K12, an on the internet curriculum vendor primarily based in Herndon, Va.

Idaho Falls Democrat Jana Jones raised $ 14,274 in the campaign stretch run. All advised, Jones outraised Ybarra by nearly a 5-to-1 margin.

Thursday was the deadline for statewide candidates to file their publish-election campaign finance reports. The most current reviews had been consistent with preceding filings: Democratic candidates enjoyed monetary edges in the races for superintendent of public instruction, governor and secretary of state.

However, Republicans won all 3 of these races en route to a sweep of the statewide ticket. Democrats have not won a statewide election because 2002.

Here are thumbnails from the sunshine reports.

Superintendent of Public Instruction


Oct. twenty-Nov. 14: Raised $ two,329.15, invested $ 5,095.96.

Complete for year: Raised $ 38,781.98, spent $ 36,976.87.

Highlights from latest report: K12 Management Inc., Herndon. Va., $ 1,000 Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, $ 400.


Oct. twenty-Nov.14: Raised $ 14,274, invested $ 51,279.62

Total for 12 months: Raised $ 153,884.74, spent $ 153,070.36

Highlights from latest report: Hagadone Hospitality, Coeur d’Alene, $ 500 Monte Woolstenhulme, Teton School District superintendent, $ 50.


Butch Otter, Republican

Oct. twenty-Nov. 14: Raised $ 193,630.forty, invested $ 287,329.26

Complete for yr: Raised $ 1,485,898.80, spent $ two,129,944.33

Highlights from report: K12, $ two,000 Rod Lewis, State Board of Schooling member, $ 2,500 House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, $ 1,000 Mark Durcan, CEO, Micron Technologies, $ 1,500.

A.J. Balukoff, Democrat

Oct. twenty-Nov. 14: Raised $ 878,899.90, invested $ 882,709.41.

Complete for year: Raised $ 4,039,690.63, invested $ 4,074,080.75

Highlights from latest report: In a campaign that was nearly exclusively self-financed, Balukoff made $ 842,000 in donations in the ultimate days of the race.

John Bujak, Libertarian

Oct. twenty-Nov.14: Raised $ two,351.82, spent $ 17,432.06

Total for 12 months: Raised and spent $ 31,989.12.

Highlight from most current report: Bujak forgave a $ one,636.62 loan to his campaign.

Secretary of State

Lawerence Denney, Republican

Oct. 20, Nov. 14: Raised $ twenty,049.85, spent $ 70,158.93.

Complete for 12 months: Raised $ 307,533.55, spent $ 318,760.01.

Highlights from latest report: Former state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Hayden $ 250 Patricia Kempthorne, wife of former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, $ 250.

Holli Woodings, Democrat

Oct. twenty-Nov. 14: Raised $ 24,614.64, spent $ 54,769.56

Total for yr: Raised $ 412,767.27, invested $ 408,344.36

Highlight from most recent report: Keith and Christine Allred, $ 500. Keith Allred was the Democrats’ gubernatorial candidate in 2010.

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