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$192,000 for his wife. 81 uses of a lobbyist's home. Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo's election funds draw scrutiny

June 21, 2018View for printing

Lax campaign finance reporting and ongoing payments to family have prompted new scrutiny of Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo's https://www.crapo.senate.gov/ election funds.

In 9 of the past 11 years, Crapo's elections staff failed to properly report certain campaign spending or donations -- for an employee's loan, an annual fundraising event and the use of a lobbyist's Washington, D.C., townhouse, federal records show.

And over the past two decades, Crapo's campaign has paid nearly $200,000 to his wife, Susan Crapo, for work that included creating gift bags for that yearly fundraiser. Her payments shrank during the last two years Sen. Crapo was actually up for election, 2015 and 2016. But she still worked then -- in 2017, the campaign gave her a $17,311 lump sum that prompted questions from the Federal Election Commission.

By Cynthia Sewell

csewell@idahostatesman.com

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