Keith Allred announced that he raised $130,000 since officially declaring his candidacy as a Democrat in this year's governor's race. Allred formally entered the race on Dec. 10, and raised that money by December 31.
Allred is challenging Republican Gov. Butch Otter, who had more than $117,000 in campaign contributions on hand at the end of June 2009, according to filings with the secretary of state. Otter spent nearly $2 million in his run for governor in 2006.
All candidates for state office must file reports on campaign fundraising with the Secretary of State at the end of the December. Those reports become public at the end of January.
Allred released his campaign numbers in a news release. He did not disclose who made those contributions. Allred's news release is reprinted below:
ALLRED CAMPAIGN BUILDS ON STRONG SUPPORT
Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor in 2010, is pleased to announce that in the three weeks since the campaign began, support for his candidacy is strong.
Allred filed his official declaration of candidacy on December 10, 2009. Between then and the close of the fundraising period on December 31, Allred raised $130,807.
“I am honored and humbled by the support my campaign has received from across the political spectrum in Idaho,” Allred said. “In spite of, or maybe because of, the tough economic times, people are so excited about a new way of governing that they are eager to contribute.”
The full report from the Allred campaign will be filed with the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office on or before January 31.
Allred’s campaign is honored to have former four-term Democratic Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus as honorary co-chairman along with former state Sen. Laird Noh, R-Kimberly. Former Boise legislator Margaret Henbest is the campaign’s treasurer.
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