Otter has more than $700K to run against Fulcher
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.