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Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Press Releases | 0 comments

Richardson Asks Voters to Follow the Money

Contact: Betty Richardson 939-0963
Or: Jean McNeil: 383-0401


BOISE – District 15 Senate candidate Betty Richardson said today that she hopes recent reports about fundraising in her District will encourage voters to look more deeply at the two candidates’ financial reports.

“The combined fundraising of my opponent and me has made the race the priciest in the state and that has attracted media attention,” Richardson said, “but there’s also a story beyond the bottom line.  I hope people will look at where our money is coming from.”

Almost 900 people have now contributed to Richardson’s campaign.  Most of the contributions were in amounts of $50 or less from individual Idahoans.  Richardson has raised the most money of any legislative candidate statewide.

“Those numbers demonstrate broad support and commitment,” said campaign Treasurer Susan Eastlake.  “They reflect Betty’s years of public service to Idaho and the number of people who like and trust her.”

Richardson’s opponent, Fred Martin, has funded almost 60% of his campaign himself, and is almost $30,000 in debt.  He has gotten about $20,000 from corporations, PACS, lobbyists and incumbent Republican legislators.

“Elections are about choices,” Richardson said, “and this race presents a clear choice.  I do not believe in going into debt to run for office.  If elected, I will be a voice for the people of District 15, not party insiders or corporations.  That commitment is reflected in my broad base of support.”

Financial disclosure reports, called “Sunshine Reports,” are filed with the Secretary of State’s Office and are available online at



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