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Otter has more than $700K to run against Fulcher

Otter has more than $700K to run against Fulcher

By The Associated Press. CREATED Jan 21, 2014

 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said he has more than $700,000 in cash to wage a campaign against his Republican primary challenger, state Sen. Russ Fulcher.

 

Otter filed his latest campaign report Tuesday, outlining his 2013 fundraising when he brought in $901,000, largely from business groups.

Fulcher hasn't filed his report.

Meanwhile, Otter hasn't formally announced he's running for a third term.

Among Otter's biggest supporters were trucking lobbyists, cigarette-maker Altria, retailer Wal-Mart and wealthy Emmett rancher Harry Bettis, who gave $7,500.

The J.R. Simplot Co., owned by family of Otter's ex-wife, Gay, gave $10,000.

Direct-marketing company Melaleuca and its owner, GOP booster Frank VanderSloot, also gave $10,000.

Among Otter's biggest expenditures was more than $16,000 to Arena Communications, a Utah company that helps do mailing and other services for Republican politicians.