NIC trustee candidates report contributions

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COEUR d'ALENE - The amount of campaign cash flowing into the North Idaho College Board of Trustee election races is up to $31,882.

That's the total amount of contributions reported by 10 candidates involved in the races for three seats up for grabs on the community college's governing board.

The deadline for candidates to file their seven-day, pre-election campaign finance reports was 5 p.m. Tuesday.

This election is the first time community college trustees have had to disclose their campaign spending.

Here are the results of the money race thus far:

Paul Matthews, who is running against incumbent Judy Meyer for Seat A, reported $3,470 in contributions, including an $1,100 loan from Matthews to himself. Matthews' reported contributions include $1,571 from 11 identified supporters who gave $50 or more. His largest donation of $300 came from Tri-State Consulting Engineers of Coeur d'Alene. The rest of Matthews' contributions were smaller, unitemized contributions.

Judy Meyer reported contributions totaling $6,356, including a $900 contribution from Meyer to her campaign. Meyer's reported contributions include $5,119 in itemized contributions from supporters who gave her campaign amounts of $50 or more. The rest of Meyer's contributions were smaller and therefore, unitemized. Meyer's largest contribution came from Tim Komberec, for $400.

Incumbent Mic Armon reported $5,007 in contributions including a $256 loan from Armon to himself. Armon's disclosures reveal his campaign has received $4,751 in contributions, with $4,610 coming from 41 identified supporters who contributed $50 or more. The largest contribution in Armon's fund came from Empire Airlines for $500.

Todd Banducci, Armon's challenger, submitted disclosures that list $4,398 in contributions, including a $1,000 loan from Banducci to himself. Banducci's $3,398 in contributions include $2,780 from 16 identified supporters who contributed $50 or more. His largest contribution of $1,000 came from Larry Gilman of Coeur d'Alene.

Banducci's seven-day, pre-general election campaign finance report lists loan dollars that are not itemized for the reporting period. Those amounts are not included in this report.

Ron Nilson, who is in a six-way race for Seat C, has reported $11,326 in contributions, which includes a $4,539 loan Nilson made to his campaign. Nilson's fund comprises $6,787 in itemized contributions from 12 donors, with the largest of those donations from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe for $1,000. Nilson's total contributions include $2,625 reflecting in-kind contributions from Nilson, who paid for postage and mailing equipment.

Dean Haagenson, one of the six opponents vying for Seat C, has received $1,325 in contributions, with $1,050 reflecting itemized contributions from identified donors. Haagenson's largest contribution of $750 was made by himself.

Fritz Weidenhoff reported no contributions and a loan of $275 from himself to his campaign. Gary Coffman, James Ruch and Vickie Ambrosetti reported no contributions received.

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