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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Idaho

Campaign Financing

For supreme court and court of appeals races, individuals, corporations, and political committees may contribute up to $5,000 per candidate per election, and state political parties may contribute up to $10,000 per candidate per election. For district court races, individuals, corporations, and political committees may contribute up to $1,000 per candidate per election, and state political parties may contribute up to $2,000 per candidate per election.

Following the 2002 judicial primary elections, in which an independent group spent nearly $174,000 on a last-minute advertising blitz against Chief Justice Linda Copple-Trout, the Idaho Legislative Council created a task force to look into the role that money plays in the election of Idaho judges. The legislative task force on judicial campaign financing recommended the formation of an interim committee to study the growing threat to judicial independence and the immediate passage of stronger disclosure rules for groups making independent expenditures. In 2003, the legislature passed a law requiring third parties involved in political campaigns to report any last-minute expenditures exceeding $1,000 within 48 hours.

See below for National Institute on Money in State Politics data on contributions to state high court candidates.

Amounts raised by each candidate at the most recent election cycle:

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