- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Latest on scrutiny over recent Idaho Supreme Court campaign contributions (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The campaign spokesman for Idaho Supreme Court candidate Robyn Brody says the campaign will appeal the secretary of state’s findings that they may have broken the state’s sunshine laws.

James Ruchti, a Pocatello attorney, said Wednesday that the campaign treasurer will set the disputed $17,000 aside and not spend the money during the appeals process.

Ruchti said the campaign will go along with any decision made by the secretary of state or Idaho attorney general.

Fellow high court candidate Clive Strong’s campaign raised questions to the secretary of state’s office about the four farm-related contributions shortly after the reports were filed on Tuesday.

Brody outraised her three opponents almost by almost $100,000.


11:52 a.m.

Campaign finance reports show that Idaho Supreme Court candidate Robyn Brody has raised more than $177,000, but her campaign will be giving a small portion of that back because some contributions violated the state’s campaign laws.

Brody received $27,000 from four farm-related companies all tied to one owner. Idaho’s Sunshine Law prohibits restricts donors from giving more than $10,000 to statewide candidates during primary or general elections, including banning aggregated contributions.

Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst says Brody is expected to file an amended report Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, Brody had spent $42,156 of her campaign funds. This leaves her with more money on hand than her three other opponents combined in the last week leading up to the May 17 election.

Strong, a longtime deputy attorney general, raised roughly $51,000. Curt McKenzie, a Republican state senator, raised nearly $16,400 and Sergio Gutierrez, a judge on Idaho’s Court of Appeals, raised a little under $13,000.

Idaho bans judicial candidates from directly asking for campaign contributions in an effort to insulate judges. Instead, justice candidates are only allowed to solicit contributions through a committee.

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