Education referendums set new campaign cash mark
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Foes and supporters of the education reforms repealed at the ballot box last month set a new state fundraising record for issue-oriented campaigns.
Campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State's office show opponents of Propositions 1,2 and 3 raised $3.6 million in their effort to repeal the new laws. Of that total, the Idaho Statesman reports more than $3.4 million came from the National Education Association and the Idaho Education Association.
Supporters of the education laws raised more than $2.8 million.
The total spending of $6.4 million tops the $3.9 spent in the 1986 referendum campaign that affirmed Idaho's right-to-work laws. But the newspaper reports those 1986 dollars when adjusted for inflation equals $8.4 million.
All three propositions were defeated by more than 57 percent of voters.
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com