Significant cash is flowing into Idaho’s first congressional district in the race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador.
Former state senator Russ Fulcher has a sizable lead in the fundraising race for the open congressional seat, adding more than $140,000 to his bank account in the past three months. He also has the most cash ready to spend out of the crowded field.
Former Idaho Attorney General David Leroy is close behind. He tacked on another $100,000 earlier this year – nearly half of it coming from his own wallet.
Luke Malek, a state representative from Coeur d’Alene, raised about $55,000, bringing his total to just over $200,000.
Conservative author Michael Snyder from Bonners Ferry broke the $100,000 mark in total money raised this season.
And Christy Perry, a state representative from Nampa, drummed up $12,000. All are vying for the Republican nomination next month.
James Vandermaas, the only Democrat to file a campaign finance report, raked in about $15,000 so far this year.
In Idaho's second congressional district, incumbent Republican Mike Simpson has pulled in more than $670,000 this year. His Democratic opponent, Carlton Aaron Swisher, has raised about $37,000.
Idaho’s primary is May 15.
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