Finance reform group submits 79,000 signatures

Posted at 10:46 AM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 12:56:18-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Supporters of a statewide effort seeking to amend Idaho's campaign finance laws have collected roughly 79,000 signatures with the hopes of getting their initiative on the November ballot.

Holli Woodings, a Boise Democrat chairing the Keep Idaho Elections Accountable campaign, says that her group sent the last batch of signatures to be verified by county clerks on Monday.

The group's initiative would ban expensive lobbyist gifts to lawmakers, create a one-year waiting period before a public official can take a paid lobbying position, and prohibit donations to candidates from anyone doing big business with the state within two years.

Statewide ballot initiatives must have signatures from 6 percent of the total of those who voted in the last presidential election from 18 legislative districts. That means Woodings' group must have at least 48,000 verified signatures to make it on the November ballot.