Idaho’s Crapo flush with campaign dough; trailed by Risch, Labrador, Simpson

Judging by his campaign bankroll, Sen. Mike Crapo is prepared to put his money where his mouth is and run for re-election in 2016 despite his January conviction for DUI.

The Idaho Republican has $3,393,510 in cash in his campaign committee, according to the first quarter report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Crapo also spent relatively freely, given that he won’t be on the ballot again until May 2016. Crapo’s campaign spent about $103,000 from January to March and raised about $32,000.

After his January guilty plea, Crapo said he aims to extend his congressional career to 30 years, which would be second among Idaho lawmakers to Sen. William Borah, who served from 1907 until his death in 1940.

“That’s four years off, but I fully intend to run again, as long as there are no family or health concerns,” Crapo said at the time. “And I hope to continue to make a contribution in the United States Senate.”

Here are the numbers for Idaho’s members of Congress, all  Republicans who face re-election campaigns next year:

Sen. Jim Risch: Raised $50,400; spent $23,170; $259,523 cash on hand.

First District Rep. Raul Labrador: Raised $22,120; spent $37,158; $235,433 cash.

Second District Rep. Mike Simpson: Raised $86,850; spent $81,513; $71,826 cash.

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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