Secretary of State's Office: No wrongdoing in Ahlquist spending

Posted at 10:54 AM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 12:54:55-05

The Idaho Secretary of State's office says a new complaint into a Republican gubernatorial candidate's campaign finances was resolved long ago.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Taso Kinnas, a former treasurer for the Idahoans for Liberty PAC, filed a complaint Thursday with the Secretary of State targeting Boise businessman and first-time gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist.

According to Kinnas, campaign finance records show Ahlquist spent more than $40,000 of his own campaign funds before filing as a political candidate.

Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst says the office looked into that spending activity earlier this year -- and concluded Ahlquist did nothing wrong.

Hurst says Ahlquist's campaign contacted Secretary of State Lawerence Denney prior to spending the funds, and was told Ahlquist didn't need to file as a political candidate because Ahlquist was using his money.

Hurst added that Idaho law is unclear if candidates must file before spending their own money for a campaign.

(by Associated Press)