Reform Backers Refuse Disclosure of Donors
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group promoting Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s education overhaul ahead of the Nov. 6 vote refused again to disclose its donors and instead suggested it take back its money. Education Voters of Idaho’s new lawyer, Christ Troupis, on Friday told Secretary of State Ben Ysursa that his client is a nonprofit organization that’s exempt from campaign disclosure. Still, Troupis says the group — created Aug. 16 amid the heated battle over Luna’s overhaul — would take back its $200,000 contribution that went for TV commercials touting the education changes. Ysursa had given Education Voters of Idaho until Friday to explain why it didn’t have to reveal its backers’ identities. At noon, Ysursa was still reviewing Troupis’ letter but said his goal remains securing disclosure prior to the election.