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Prosecutor: No campaign crime was committed

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Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The Kootenai County prosecutor has found no evidence that the local teachers union in Coeur d'Alene committed any crimes by offering financial campaign assistance to school board candidates.

Prosecutor Barry McHugh sent a letter Friday to Jeff Ward, president of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans activist group. In the letter, McHugh advised Ward that the Coeur d'Alene Education Association, which is the teachers union, had not violated Idaho statutes.

McHugh's letter was in response to a complaint filed earlier this week by Ward.

Ward alleged that the teachers union violated state statutes prohibiting "bribery in official and political matters" and "gifts to public servants by persons subject to their jurisdiction," when it sent letters to candidates offering possible financial support.

"In the letter sent from the education association to the candidates, what is offered is campaign assistance. Money given to a campaign is not deemed to be money given to the individual on whose behalf the campaign exists," McHugh wrote.

McHugh advised Ward that it is common practice for political contributions to be made to incumbents who have decision making authority, and not a violation of Idaho's bribery and corrupt practices statutes.

Ward told The Press that he is writing another letter to McHugh asking that the complaint be reviewed again.

He said he disagrees with McHugh's application of Idaho Title 67's chapters covering election campaign contribution laws to the school board election process.

"As somebody who has dealt with state election law to the great detail that I have, I know that the title and chapter they used to make their decision not to prosecute is the wrong one," Ward said.

The statute governing school board races, Ward said, is Title 33, Idaho's education statute.

"Because there is no state law defining campaign contributions to school board candidates, any contribution to a school board candidate is a gift," Ward said.

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  • CHSdad posted at 8:46 pm on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    CHSdad Posts: 383

    Vote for us idiots, as another idiot who is not running is an idiot. You know it makes sense.

  • uncle fester posted at 5:14 pm on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    uncle fester Posts: 831

    Anti union right wingers trying to back stab a union. Nothing changes.

  • apathoid posted at 3:50 pm on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    Thaddeus, Thaddeus...let's not be ignorant. A dirty dog like Kennedy knew EXACTLY what would happen when he made the implication. Problem for him is that it didn't stick. And I agree, Tuesday is gonna be GREAT!

  • Thaddeus posted at 1:28 pm on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    Mike Kennedy did not call anyone an aryan. He just pointed out the fact that the anti-education fools were using the same address as the aryan. But it figures that the ignorant idiots on this side would try to play victim. Just shows how pathetic and desperate the Rally Right (wrong) And Reagan Repubs really are.

    Tuesday's gonna be fun!

  • apathoid posted at 12:39 pm on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    Look at it this way, Rev...if all they've got left is to call candidates Aryans (bless you Mike Kennedy) then I think we can say welcome to the two new conservatives on the school board next week! Won't that mess with their little club.

    Next up?!? Making sure Kennedy NEVER holds another seat in this city, county or state! We just don't need his kind here anymore.

  • RadRevD posted at 12:37 pm on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    wrong again DoBaLSOS?

    Corruption prevails under the banner : It's For The greater Good!
    Party affiliation means very little when it comes to Progressive Ideologues.

  • DoBaLSOS posted at 11:24 am on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    DoBaLSOS Posts: 33

    Candor and RevD it sucks to be wrong. The game of the KCRR didn't work, but it did show their true colors. This community is beginning to realize your group is made up of a few loud people that want to force their beliefs on the rest of us.
    Take a break go out and enjoy the sun, maybe you will discover a reason to be happy with something.

  • RadRevD posted at 10:26 am on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    "McHugh advised Ward that it is common practice for political contributions to be made to incumbents who have decision making authority, and not a violation of Idaho's bribery and corrupt practices statutes."

    It's not uncommon for McHugh to apply the least restrictive statute when status quo entities or candidates are involved. He ruled the same way with Dixie Reid & LCDC Noble Cause Corruption.

    Politics = Strategy of Rule
    funny - because I thought the school board was non-partisan.
    even funnier - the Heavy-Handed Ideological Rule of Progressives that pushes morally reprehensible literature upon minors when such material is best suited to a college philosophy class.

    SD271 lost any integrity it had with me when Bauman refused to pursue Impact Fees on mega-developments. They keep building more schools to accommodate new neighborhoods and FAIL to preserve the facilities in Old CDA.

    Modifying student opt-out requests to exclude AP-IB classes is just plain ridiculous.
    This request should be a once a year action and not place undue burden on the student who doesn't want to read how Billy & Davie Spent Their summer Vacation In Bed.

  • mister d posted at 9:02 am on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    It seems like the RR's just like to complain about anythng and everything. These people just drive me further and further away from supporting any republican. Squirrel, I think more and more people are agreeing with the perspective you present. The far wingers (Repub or Dem) bogg our country down and seem pretty self centered.

  • Candor posted at 7:23 am on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    Candor Posts: 35

    Mr, Mrs or Ms nutkin, In a quick review of your recent posts, you call each person you disagree with a "moron", a "bozo" or some other childish name. Ad hominem attacks are usually evidence of a lack of ideas and the inablity to make a valid arguement. Just curious, do you teach rhetoric in the CDA schools?

  • squirrel nutkin posted at 4:19 am on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    squirrel nutkin Posts: 231

    As in Boise, Cda republicans are also hellbent on destroying public education. Everytime I read moronic statements from people like the "Kootenai County Reagan Republicans" I think of the Pied Piper of Hamlin. The residents of that town had little use for their children as well, until they were gone.

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