Election Central

Fulcher loans $100k to campaign, 40% of his take

In the first 10 weeks of his campaign to unseat two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter, Republican Sen. Russ Fulcher reported raising about $252,000, including a $100,000 loan from himself.

Fulcher was the last of nine candidates for governor to file his Sunshine Report, doing so Friday afternoon, the deadline for the July-December reporting period.

On Thursday, Fulcher issued a news release about his fundraising that didn’t mention his loan.

Fulcher raised about $152,000 from individuals and corporations. Among those were three GOP colleagues in the Legislature: Sens. Dean Mortimer of Idaho Falls and Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens, who each gave $500; and Rep. JoAn Wood of Rigby, who gave $100. Felix Nuxoll, the husband of Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood, gave $1,000.

Fulcher also got $1,000 from former Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman of Draper, Utah, who got 8 percent of the vote in the 2010 GOP primary against Otter.

Fulcher’s largest contributors were Justin Wilkerson and Bonnie Wilkerson of Boise; each gave the maximum $5,000 for the primary and $5,000 for the general election. Justin Wilkerson is executive director of the Harry M. Morrison Foundation and a grandson of the late Velma Morrison.

A.J. Balukloff, the Democrat challenging Otter, filed his report Thursday. Balukoff  provided about $91,000 of the  $111,000 he raised after announcing his candidacy in early December, or 82 percent of his financial support.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Idaho Statesman, in print and online.

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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