Idaho non-profit that supports "Children Come First" won't reveal donors
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A nonprofit group that backs Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's education reforms is using federal tax laws to shield its contributors' identities
The Idaho Statesman reports a pro-reform group, Education Voters of Idaho, gave $200,350 to another pro-reform group, Parents for Education Reform.
Parents for Education Reform disclosed the contribution Tuesday, as required by Idaho campaign finance law.
But John Foster, a lobbyist and spokesman for Education Voters of Idaho, says his group doesn't need to file a so-called sunshine report.
He says Education Voters of Idaho was created as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit.
Such nonprofits don't have to disclose donors, but have been criticized for funneling "secret" money to political campaigns.
The Idaho Secretary of State's office is in talks with Education Voters of Idaho about its obligations.
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com