Election Central

Otter re-election bid raises robust $686k in second half ’13

Gov. Butch Otter had about $708,000 in cash at the close of 2013, after tallying about $686,000 in the final six months of 2013.

Otter punched up his effort considerably from the first half of the year, when he raised about $84,000.

The two-term Republican faces Senate GOP Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher in the May 20 primary. Otter filed his 142-page Sunshine report Tuesday. Fulcher has until Jan. 31 to file his report.

Otter trumpeted his fundraising in a news release (below), saying it “shows both the depth and the breadth of his support for a third term as Governor.”

GOVERNOR FILES YEAR END ANNUAL REPORT

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said today’s filing of his year-end reelection campaign finance report with the Idaho Secretary of State shows both the depth and the breadth of his support for a third term as Governor.

The Otter for Idaho campaign reported raising $685,845 in the last six months of 2013.  Reflecting tremendous support from throughout Idaho, the Governor has raised a total of $978,142 for the 2014 election cycle and ended the year with $708,065 cash on hand.

“I truly appreciate the generosity of my supporters and the confidence they have shown in my steady, responsible conservative leadership over the past seven years,” Governor Otter said. ”Our campaign’s fund-raising success - combined with the overwhelmingly positive response we have received on my vision for Idaho’s future - is both energizing and humbling. It motivates me more than ever to run a strong campaign that clearly demonstrates my commitment to ensuring Idaho is the best state in the country to live, work and a raise a family.”

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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