Doubling down, Labrador joins another Boehner foe in joint fundraising

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador will be in Grand Rapids, Mich., for a private fundraiser Saturday co-hosted by Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash, who voted for Labrador in January over Speaker of the House John Boehner.

The pair established a joint PAC in an April 4 filing with the Federal Election Commission, the Amash-Labrador Joint Fundraising Committee. The committee’s treasurer is Amash spokesman Will Adams.

The Amash-Labrador fundraiser is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the 28th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. The suggested contribution is $1,000 per person or couple for event hosts, $500 for event sponsors and $200 for an attendee. Hosts and sponsors gain admission to a VIP reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 p.m to 7 p.m., a general reception will include a Q & A on immigration reform.

Amash and Labrador also will host a town hall on immigration reform in Grand Rapids, meet with farmers in Sparta and visit the Van Andel Institute, a cancer research center founded by Amway co-founder Jay Van Andel and his wife, Betty.

Amash was removed from the House Budget Committee in December for his disloyalty to GOP leadership. On Jan. 3, he was among 12 Republicans, including Labrador, who withheld their votes for Boehner’s re-election as speaker.

Amash, who often tweets about his votes, wrote: “Raul would defend liberty & work honestly w/Ds on debt reduction. We must act now 4 sake of next gen.”

Labrador remained silent during the vote, not casting a ballot. His disloyalty prompted a rebuke from eight-term Idaho GOP Congressman Mike Simpson, who said Labrador’s credibility had been compromised.

I’ve phoned and emailed Labrador’s district director, Jake Ball, for comment. If and when I hear back from him I will update this post.


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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