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Idaho Takes A Closer Look At Campaign Finance Laws

Ada County Statehouse Capitol Building Secretary of State Denney
Frankie Barnhill
Boise State Public Radio
File photo from Secretary of State Denney's statehouse office.

A group of Idaho lawmakers is looking into the state’s campaign finance laws, or Sunshine Laws. Both Republicans and Democrats are on the Campaign Finance Working Group, which held its first meeting Wednesday.

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney advocates for more transparency when it comes to companies that support Idaho candidates. But the Republican election official also says there should be no limit placed on contributions, citing the Supreme Court’s rulings on the First Amendment.

Democrat and Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett says lifting campaign limits would be a mistake. Stennett also wants the group to draft a bill that would limit lobbyist contributions during the legislative session.

This was the first in a series of meetings. The next one will take place August 28.

A year ago, an initiative advocating for campaign finance reform failed to get enough signatures to appear on last November's ballot.

Find reporter Frankie Barnhill on Twitter @FABarnhill

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