Michael Bloomberg, Simplot, Intermountain Gas Among Donors to Pro-Luna Laws Group


As promised, representatives of Education Voters of Idaho complied with a judge's order Wednesday afternoon by disclosing campaign finance reports with the Idaho Secretary of State's Office.

Until now, the group's donors remained anonymous despite spending more than $200,000 on a statewide advertising campaign advocating the controversial Students Come First package, better known as the Luna Laws.

Top contributors to the pro-Luna Laws effort include $200,000 from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and $250,000 from Joseph B. Scott, chairman of the board of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

Also included on list was $5,000 from Simplot (through the report doesn't indicate whether the donation was from the Simplot family or the J.R. Simplot Company), $25,000 from Wyoming anti-tax activist Foster Friess, $10,000 each from Intermountain Gas Company and Idaho Forest Group, $5,000 from 13D Research (listing a Virgin Islands address), $2,500 from Blackfoot-based engineering company Premier Technology, $2,500 from Boise-based radioactive waste service provider US Ecology Inc. and $1,000 from Boise-based firearms distributor GSA Direct.

A full list of donations and expenditures was submitted to Secretary of State Ben Ysursa (see the full report below).

The Students Come First initiatives face voter approval or rejection on the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election ballot in the form of Propositions 1, 2 and 3.