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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Mary Souza remains the frontrunner in campaign fundraising, pulling in $37,260 so far, but Steve Widmyer is closing the gap, reporting a total of $29,914 in the three-way race for Coeur d'Alene mayor.

Their challenger, Joe Kunka, is reporting a total of $2,500. Kunka spent $2,328 so far, and most of that expenditure is for a billboard through Lamar Sign Company.

He raised $70 from one unitemized donation of $20, and a $50 in-kind donation in the form of campaign buttons. Kunka also donated $500 to his own campaign and still has $171 on hand.

During the reporting period from Oct. 1 through Oct. 20, Souza raised an additional $8,037, and spent $5,255. She still has $14,990 in cash, with zero debts owing.

Most of Souza's spending during this period was with Mallourcott Design of Post Falls, where she spent $1,724. She also returned a $1,000 donation from Ocean of Life Foundation, which was replaced by Foundation Director Tom Wold with another $1,000 donation during this period.

Other major donors to the Souza campaign include Nancy Doty, who gave $999, and Patrick Weller who donated $900.

Widmyer raised $11,091 during the same filing period and he spent $11,354, most of which went to Range NW. He had $4,254 on hand at the close of the filing period, and $1,888 in debt.

He has raised an additional $4,000 after the Oct. 20 filing period, and disclosed those donors as Bill Reagan, Danelle Reagan, Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho and Idaho Association of Realtors, each of which donated $1,000.

The Coeur d'Alene Police Officers Association, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, the Coeur d'Alene Fire Fighters Association and the Boise Fire Fighters Association donated $1,000 each as well.

Widmyer also received a $500 in-kind donation from Riverstone Development for advertising, and another $1,000 in-kind support for Jacklin Land Company, which was also for advertising.

Council Seat 2

The race between Chris Fillios and Amy Evans remains the top fundraiser among council positions, with Evans raising a total of $13,027 so far this year, and Fillios reporting $8,191.

For the reporting period between Oct. 1 and Oct. 20, Fillios raised $5,288 and spent $3,626. He has $1,986 on hand and debts of $3,345.

Fillios reported three top donors with Phil Damiano donating $1,000. Jim and Nancy Doty gave him $500, and Regan Properties donated $500.

He also had a $748 in-kind donation from Reclaim North Idaho PAC.

His major expenditure was with the Strategery Group for $2,178.

Evans raised $3,275 during the same 20-day filing period, and spent $3,021. She still has $8,950 on hand with no debts to report.

Evans received 21 unitemized contributions for a total of $850, and her major donors were the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and Coeur d'Alene Police Officers Association which both gave her $500.

Her major expenditures were with Range NW for $3,004.

Council seat 6

Gary Herfurth reported that he has not raised any money or spent any money on his campaign to date, while Kiki Miller has raised a total of $9,407 this year, and Noel Adam has raised $4,067.

During the 20-day filing period Adam reported $1,433 in contributions and spent $1,930 with $1,216 of that going to the Strategery Group. He has $1,403 on hand and debts totaling $2,000.

Phil Damiano donated $1,000 to his campaign, and Adam owes himself $1,000 and the Strategery Group $1,000.

Miller raised $4,589 and spent $1,431 during the reporting period. She has $4,974 on hand and $856 in debts.

Her major donors included Coeur d'Alene Fire Fighters Association and Kootenai Fire and Rescue Local 2856, with each donating $1,000. Miller's major expenditure was with Range NW for $1,127.

Council Seat 4

Woody McEvers has raised the most money in this race so far with a total of $6,843. He is followed by Sharon Hebert who raised $4,339 and Amber Copeland who reported a total of $280.

Copeland did not spend any money during the 20-day filing period, but raised an additional $100 from donor Dave Chamberlain. She has a total of $395 on hand.

McEvers has raised the majority of his campaign money during the 20-day period, which totaled $5,099, and has spent $3,509 of that. He has $2,509 on hand.

His major donors include Coeur d'Alene Fire Fighters Association, Kootenai Fire and Rescue Local 2856, Boise Fire Fighters Association and the Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho, which each gave $1,000.

His major expenditures include $1,742 to Minute Press, and $1,444 with The Coeur d'Alene Press.

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  • CDAforALL posted at 2:44 am on Thu, Oct 31, 2013.

    CDAforALL Posts: 249

    "This is my guess, as in my opinion, as in no evidence other than experience"

    You are starting to sound like the CDA press

  • CDAforALL posted at 2:43 am on Thu, Oct 31, 2013.

    CDAforALL Posts: 249

    What is the Spokesman trying to buy with endorsements? Hypocrite.

  • straight up posted at 9:28 pm on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    straight up Posts: 967

    Gee Whillikers! At least the Spokane's Paper blog includes a link to the actual, total list of contributors so the reader can skim read through them and draw their own conclusion as to who is supporting who.

    Jeff Selle and the Editors include one link in their article and that is to Steve Widmyer's campaign website. (And yeahhhhh, we know he paid for the hyperlinks fair and square....)

    So what this news (cough, cough) paper provides is the author's carefully selected, choice of cherry-picked contributors. Very nice indeed, outstanding journalism!

    Well, I've read the mayoral candidate's total list of contributors and thus can make my own adult decisions without the slanted, sophomoric reporting by the Press.

    I see a plethora of wealthy, well known, "downtown" families, realtors, developers, "LCDC'ers' and the like on Widmyer's report.

    Souza has indeed been tarnished by that VERY, "weird" Ocean outfit's contribution, which she to her credit returned. Yes indeed, the republican's so intensely hated by the core liberals and controllers of the city (and this paper) have provided her money, but you know what - I know who they are. They are in the open and visible. I can like them or dislike them with ease. Whereas the power-broker, downtown cartel people are more masked and in the shadows in the manner that they operate through the LCDC, the NIC Board and the strange behavior of the city government.

    Me, I'm ready to see the city government begin to, "see" the city as one that stretches from the lake to Prairie Avenue and to all points in between. Widmyer's election will not provide that to me. His list of donors (that I had to go elsewhere to view) tells me all I need to know.

  • Why Not posted at 12:25 pm on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    Why Not Posts: 5326

    You got it Mike, just wait till this weekend when the self proclaimed truth force rolls out operation slash and smear. Stealing campaign signs from yards was petty compared to the very Un-Christian behavior about to come down, eh but it will be classic Souza for sure.

  • Miketeague posted at 11:14 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2631

    Looking at the sunshine reports something stood out to me and that was the Souza’s slate attachment to the Strategery Group that is headed up by Reagan Republicans Ron Lahr and Jeff Ward. The Tea Party Reagan Republican Slate has paid the Strategery group $16,345 with Souza having chipped in $6,085 of it, this is not counting the $2,451 the RR’s signed by Jeff Ward has paid. Now I know that mailings and Ad’s etc are expensive but $16,000 and this is just to one of the Ad companies used?
    This is my guess, as in my opinion, as in no evidence other than experience, but if you think Truth North Idaho played dirty just wait until just before the election, we will get hit with a media blitz of unfounded accusations from the Souza Camp and Slate, with no time for anyone to debunk or even respond. Truth North Idaho is just the beginning.

  • GaryM posted at 9:44 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    GaryM Posts: 23

    Seeing how much Ms. Souza has raised sure makes me wonder, especially since a majority of her contributions come from just a few. What are Regan, Sims and Damiano trying to "buy"?

  • JimmyJohn posted at 9:17 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    JimmyJohn Posts: 378

    “Mike has raised more than $22,000 to fund his campaign for a part-time city council position that pays only $700. per month. A large percentage of Mike’s donations have come from way out of town, southern Idaho and a lot from out-of-state. Does this make you wonder?” Mary Souza Newsletter circa 2009.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:44 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I agree CDAforALL

    Kunka can help us ALL by dropping out and support Mary.

  • CDAforALL posted at 2:25 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    CDAforALL Posts: 249

    Drop out Kunka. Do this town a very big favor and drop out.

  • CDAforALL posted at 12:36 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    CDAforALL Posts: 249

    "Three way race". That's hilarious. Nice billboard Kunka!

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