Roberts Reports First Campaign Cash

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Ken Roberts, one of at least two Republican candidates hoping to challenge Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick in 2010, is reporting his first campaign fund raising numbers. Roberts, a state legislator from Donnelly and Idaho House majority caucus chairman, says he's raised $60,000 in 7 weeks from more than 200 contributors, most of them in Idaho. He has not yet made an official disclosure to the Federal Election Commission; the filing deadline is Oct. 15.

Roberts followed former Marine Vaughn Ward in joining the GOP race against Minnick. Ward had reported raising $125,275 and had spent nearly $20,000 on his campaign, according to Opensecrets.org. We'll update those numbers next week.

UPDATE: Ward campaign manager Ryan O'Barto just called to say that Ward raised more than $100,000 in the third quarter for a total take of more than $220,000 this year.

Minnick leads the money race with $598,615 and almost $124,000 spent on his presumed 2010 re-election bid, according to Opensecrets.org, which mines the Federal Election Commission database for campaign funding information.

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