2022 Primary election campaign finances


BONNERS FERRY — Campaign donations from political action committees, businesses, organizations and individuals correlated with the GOP nominations in the May 17 primary election.

Due to sunshine laws which make campaign finances public record, contributions and expenditures of all funds are available at the Idaho Secretary of State website under the “Election Divisions” tab and under “Campaign Finance Reports.” Visit https://sos.idaho.gov/ for more information.

Boundary County

For the Boundary County commissioner races, Ben Robertson defeated incumbent Dan Dinning to win the Republican nomination for the Boundary County Commission Zone 3 seat, 2,076 votes to 1,059 votes.

In February, Dinning provided a financial report claiming no donations or fundings and zero dollars spent.

Robertson’s contributors included Hometown Idaho PAC, Falckco LLC and Boundary County residents. He raised $2,810 from nine donors and spent $2,584. His purchases went to multiple printing businesses, a leather worker and promotional product suppliers. This accounted for $1,527.30.

For Boundary County Commission Zone 2 seat, Steve Fioravanti defeated incumbent Tim Bertling to win the Republican nomination receiving 1,603 to Bertling’s 1,524 votes.

Tim Bertling received a $50 donation and reported spending zero dollars on the election campaign.

Steve Fioravanti received $7,362 from 14 donors and spent $4,278 on six vendors. His donors included Palou Properties LLC, family members and contributions from individuals.

Expenses included postage, printing, advertisement in forms of signs, buttons and production.

Idaho Legislative District 1

House Representative 1A

For District 1’s state House representative position A, became open when Heather Scott was moved to the new District 2. Mark Sauter received 4,816 votes, or 38.25%, to claim the Republican nomination for the District 1A seat. Spencer Hutchings received 4,093 votes, or 32.51%; Adam Rorick received 749 votes, or 5.95%; Travis Thompson received 1,929 votes, or 15.32%; and Cynthia P. Weiss received 1,004 votes, or 7.97%.

Mark Sauter received $25,574 in donations from 53 donors. His donors included BNSF Railway, Idaho Forest Group, Idaho Medical Political Action Committee, Idaho Truck PAC, Idaho Wheat & Barley PAC, Potlatch Deltic, Miec Pac, Icua Pac, Waterfront Property Management, Idaho Power Company, Idaho Power Company, Political Action Committee For Education and individuals.

Sauter spent $15,813 on 12 vendors. His expenses went to advertising, printing, mailing and radio ads. Among those where he spent money were Blue Sky Broadcasting, Sandpoint Reader, Bonner County Daily Bee, Selkirk Press, a farm and feed store, donation finance tracking software and filings for Idaho Secretary of State.

Spencer Hutchings received $9,995 in donations by 32 donors. His donors included Heather Scott For North Idaho, Rhino PAC, NIFF, and individuals. He was loaned $1,812.40 from Sheepdog Supplies in Sagle.

He spent $9,036 on 11 vendors. Hutchings’ expenses went to an office supplies store, North 40 Outfitters, USPS, printing and advertising services and donation finance tracking software.

Adam Rorick received $8,818 in donations from 10 donors. His donors included Steve Bradshaw and other individuals.

He spent $6,608 on 27 vendors, which include spent money on a flight, a hotel, cab fair, shop at Boise airport and Spokane International, Bonner County Fair, website, hardware store, Men’s Warehouse, a data business that specializes in political campaigns, campaign buttons and signs, Selkirk Press, an auto parts store, office supplies store, a restaurants, shopping center and a coffee shop in Sandpoint.

He loaned himself $5,910.

Travis Thompson received $11,132 from 18 donors. His donors included Sage Dixon, Agra PAC, his own business, a contracting company, Web Hosting Inc., himself and individuals.

Thompson spent $7,947 on 21 vendors. His expenses included a data marketing company, Shutterstock, USPS, restaurants, website, ads, custom campaign merchandise, Army Surplus, office supplies stores, bank and Idaho Secretary of State for filing.

Thompson loaned himself $100 and donated $1 to his campaign.

Cynthia P. Weiss received $9,092 in donations from seven donors. Her donors were herself and six other individuals. She donated $5,090.85 to her own campaign.

Weiss spent $6,771 on 13 vendors. Her expenditures included ads with Bonner County Daily Bee, office supplies store, Dollar Tree and Harland Clark Checks.

House Representative 1B

For District 1’s state House of Representative Seat B, incumbent Sage G. Dixon received 7,049 votes, or 52.28%. He defeated challenger Todd Engel, who received 6,435 votes, or 47.72%. There were no Democratic candidates for the seat.

In Boundary County, Dixon received 1,577 votes and Engle received 1,576 votes. Dixon won the GOP nomination by one vote.

Todd Engel received $18,757 in donations from 83 donors. His donors include McGeachin Idaho Properties Management, candidate Heather Scott, Rhino PAC, North Idaho Freedom Fighters, Spencer Hutchings, Hometown Idaho PAC, David Bowman, Nosworthy’s Hall of Fame, Santilli & Associates, Hometown Idaho PAC, Steve Bradshaw and individuals.

Engel spent $13,875 on 66 vendors which included broadcasting, advertising, signs, airport parking, gas, restaurants, grocery stores, registering to attend events, multiple printing businesses, official supplies store, box store, buttons and campaign merchandise and management cost.

Engel donated $100 to himself.

Sage Dixon received $77,625 from 144 donors. His donors included Kestrel West, Idaho Housing Alliance, Idaho State Independent Auto Dealers Association, Clearwater Paper (from Spokane, Wash.), Idaho Loggers Pac, Idaho State Dentantal Association, Idaho Consumer Owned Utilities Association, Idaho Automotive Dealers Association, Agri PAC, Idaho Forest Group, Idaho Credit Union Legislative Action Committee and individuals.

Dixon spent $74,316 on 79 Vendors which included Boundary County 4-H Leaders Association, gas, donation to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, multiple donations to nonprofits and organizations, website design, postage, signs, advertising, office supplies stories, tickets to events, gas stations, parking, Bonner County Fair and Rodeo and the Bonner County Daily Bee for advertising.


With all ballots counted, Scott Herndon has won the Republican nomination for the District 1 Idaho Senate seat, defeating incumbent Jim Woodward. Herndon received a total of 7,771 votes district-wide to Woodward’s 6,064.

In Boundary County, Herndon received 1,871 votes against Woodward’s 1,358.

Scott Herndon received $103,617 from donations from 360 donors.

His donors included, Rhino PAC, SMC Properties, LLC, Candidate Heather Scott,

Hometown Idaho PAC, B&L Company, Tree Top Ranches LP, Palou Properties LLC, AirSeal Insulation LLC, Big Daddy’s Sweets, Army Surplus, HempingMom, Swabian Holdings LLC, Davillier Law Group, Dave Bowman, Priscilla Giddings, EGO Fishing, Inc., Art Macomber, Web Hosting Inc and individual donors.

He donated $1,900 to his own campaign, Steve Bradshaw, Abolish Abortion PAC.

Herndon spent $65,703 on 37 vendors which included a media strategy and political consulting firm, ads for printing, ads for broadcasting, ads for digital, ads for Facebook, signs, printing, marketing, banking operations, registration for events, postage, donations, food, catering, box store, data firm and gas for travel.

Jim Woodward received $97,719 from 199 donors. His donors included:

BNSF Railway, Quantum Concepts, Idaho Cable Broadband Ass’n, Idaho Power, Political Action Committee For Education, Icua Pac, Anheuser Busch, Clearwater Paper (Spokane, Wash.), Idaho Dental Pac, Idaho Loggers, J.R. Simplot Company, Idaho Dairy Industries, Haagenson Enterprises Inc., Avista, Far West Agribusiness Association, R Steven Bair For Senate, Healthcare Business Ventures Inc., Suppiger For Idaho, Iha Pac, Potlatch Deltic (Spokane, Wash.), Mary Souza For Idaho, North Idaho Builders Pac, Snake River Sugarbeet Growers Pac, Melaleuca Inc., Clark Kauffman For House 25, Riley Stegner And Associates, Miec Pac, Idaho Truck Pac, Idaho Forest Group, Idaho Wheat And Barley Pac, Agra-Pac, Pacificorp Pacific Power Rocky Mountain Power (OR), Feapac, Uhfg Insurance Political Action Committee, Idaho Medical Political Action Committee, Anripac, Idaho Bankers Assoc, Idaho Committee On Hospitality & Sports, Idaho Victory Fund, Idaho Association Of Realtors, Idaho Land Title Assoc, Micron Technology, Northwest Grocery Association Pac, Ibwda Pac, Idaho Telecom Alliance, At&T Services, Inc., Syringa Networks Llc, Esto Perpetua Pac, Blue Cross Of Idaho, Amalgamated Sugar Company Pac, Acec Of Idaho, Coeur d’Alene Tribe and a list of individuals from Idaho and other states.

Woodward spent $65,675 on 24 vendors. His expenses included advertising, printing, signs and buttons, payment processing software, contributions to PACs, donations, operations and event registration.

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