2 charged in investigation of north Idaho PAC

Posted at 9:51 AM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 11:51:07-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has charged two Republicans involved in a highly-scrutinized political action committee for allegedly hiding the source of campaign contributions.

Bonneville GOP Chairman Doyle Beck and former congressional candidate M.C. "Chick" Heileson were charged with a misdemeanor on Friday.

Wasden's office has been investigating the Integrity in Government PAC, based in northern Idaho, since February after multiple questions were raised about the group's contributions.

Concern focused particularly on Heileson's 2014 donation of $12,000. Heileson filed a congressional financial disclosure report two years prior that stated his household income totaled less than $30,000 a year -- the primary source coming from Social Security. Heileson, a tea party-affiliated candidate who unsuccessfully sought to oust U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson in GOP primaries of 2010 and 2012, confirmed he made the donation to the secretary of state's office in January.

Beck recently accused GOP leaders of creating a secret society to oust him of his position inside the party.

Neither Beck nor Heileson could be immediately reached late Monday night for comment.