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Simpson raised $437K in third quarter, Smith $275K in Idaho 2nd CD race

Facing what appears to be the toughest race he’s had since his election in 1998, Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson says he set a personal record for fundraising in the third quarter of 2013 — over $437,000.

His tea party Republican challenger in the May 2014 primary, Idaho Falls lawyer Bryan Smith, countered with an impressive $275,105. Simpson says he has over $600,000 banked, Smith says he has over $300,000.

Said Simpson in a news release:  “I couldn’t be happier with the response we are getting from Idahoans and with the strong momentum we are experiencing in this race. The people of Idaho know that I have worked hard to protect gun rights, promote a balanced budget amendment, and prevent the onerous impacts of Obamacare. The record setting response we’re seeing to my conservative message confirms that we are on a strong path to re-election.”

Said Smith in a news release: “I am so thankful for the overwhelming support my campaign has received from the people of Idaho and across this great nation. Our latest fundraising numbers show that our message of limited government, lower taxes and less spending is resonating with the people of my district.”

Campaign finance reports are due Oct. 15, but both candidates announced their takes early.

In his campaign’s first month, Smith raised $149,400, $50,000 from Smith’s own pocket and $99,400 from individuals accounting for his second quarter bankroll.

In 2013′s second quarter, Simpson raised almost $306,000, built on more aggressive fundraising from individuals and political action committees that favor incumbents, particularly chairmen. From April to June, he raised $214,500 from PACs and $91,235 from individuals.

Simpson, chairman of a subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, has easily out-spent opponents since he defeated former Democratic Rep. Richard Stallings in 1998. In the 2012 election cycle, he raised $1.2 million, defeating Democrat Nicole LeFavour with 65 percent in November.

Independent expenditures are expected to play a role in the contest, including potential million-dollar efforts by Club for Growth on behalf of Smith and the Republican Main Street Partnership on behalf of Simpson.

No Democrat has announced for the race, but Idaho Democratic Chairman Larry Kenck said Tuesday that the party will field a credible nominee.

Simpson’s news release:

Simpson to Report Record Breaking Amount Raised

Idaho Congressman sets new fundraising records, has $600,000 cash-on-hand

BOISE, ID:  Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today announced another record breaking quarter for fundraising in his race for re-election.  Simpson is set to report over $437,000 raised in the quarter and over $600,000 cash-on-hand for his re-election effort.  Both figures represent career quarterly highs for Simpson in a re-election campaign and improve upon his previous career highs last quarter.

“I couldn’t be happier with the response we are getting from Idahoans and with the strong momentum we are experiencing in this race,” said Simpson. “The people of Idaho know that I have worked hard to protect gun rights, promote a balanced budget amendment, and prevent the onerous impacts of Obamacare. The record setting response we’re seeing to my conservative message confirms that we are on a strong path to re-election.”

Simpson will be filing his full fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission by the filing date of October 15th.

Congressman Simpson is a proud conservative who enjoys an A plus rating with the NRA, a 100 percent rating with National Right to Life, and annual recognition from the American Conservative Union. He has authored billions of dollars in cuts to the EPA, the delisting of wolves, and protections for Idaho’s farmers and ranchers. Simpson fought Obamacare by voting against it over 40 times, pushed a balanced budget amendment, and voted repeatedly to lower taxes on all Americans.

Smith’s news release:

Bryan Smith Raises $275,000 During Third Quarter in ID-02 Race

Idaho Falls, ID – Conservative congressional candidate Bryan Smith raised $275,105 in the third fundraising quarter of 2013. Bryan Smith is challenging career politician Congressman Mike Simpson in the Republican primary in Idaho’s second congressional district.

“I am so thankful for the overwhelming support my campaign has received from the people of Idaho and across this great nation. Our latest fundraising numbers show that our message of limited government, lower taxes and less spending is resonating with the people of my district,” says Bryan Smith.

The Bryan Smith for Congress campaign has raised over $400,000 in just four short months and has over $300,000 cash on hand. The Smith campaign’s fundraising continues to outdo recent Republican challengers to Congressman Simpson.

Bryan Smith is a conservative Republican running for Idaho’s second congressional district. He is running against 16-year incumbent and big spending, career politician Mike Simpson. Bryan and his wife live in Idaho Falls.

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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