Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin to headline Idaho Freedom Foundation July fundraiser

Michelle Malkin, rated No. 41 on Technorati’s list of Top 100 blogs, will keynote the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s annual Freedom Celebration July 26 in Star. Malkin also writes a syndicated column and appears on Fox News.

Also speaking is Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, founder of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. Organizers say they expect to break the last year’s record attendance of 600 by drawing 800 contributors to the to the 3K Ranch.

The event was announced on Facebook late Monday, on the heels of the IFF’s release of a new legislative scorecard that said 61 percent of the members of the Idaho Legislature “favored expansion of government or statism.” Among the 105 lawmakers, 85 are Republicans.

Tickets are available online, ranging from $50 for the general reception, with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, to $20,000 for corporate sponsorship including a VIP dinner with Malkin and Schweitzer, IFF Executive Director Wayne Hoffman and the IFF board. The $20,000 package includes 20 dinner tickets. Other ticket opportunities are available at $80, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000, with varying levels of access.


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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