Idaho's Measure, New York's Money 

Laird Maxwell disdains taxes. But he apparently welcomes out of state money.

The proponent of the newly-certified ballot measure against property takings in Idaho used a healthy chunk of out-of-state cash to get his brainchild on the ballot. In a nutshell, the measure would require Idaho state government to pay any Idaho landowner for any impact to their property value created by a new land-use law.

Except for $50 donated by Maxwell, the entire budget for This House is My House came from out of state, according to reports from the Idaho Secretary of State. $100,000 came from Montana-based America At Its Best. Another $237,000 came from the New York-based Fund for Democracy, headed by Howard Rich, a libertarian activist and major donor.

Like Duncan Scott, Rich spends his money nationwide, funding libertarian candidates and initiatives across the country. He is listed alternately as a real estate developer, an attorney and the president of the political action group U.S. Term Limits on federal campaign finance reports.

Maxwell paid $322,834 to Kennedy Enterprises, a Colorado Springs, Colo.-based signature-gathering group, which fanned out across the state to get the necessary signatures to get on the ballot. But they spent locally, too: According to the Idaho Secretary of State's Office, Maxwell paid the Christian activist group Idaho Values Alliance $428 for petition-gathering; the group's leader, Bryan Fischer, took home a $250 check from Maxwell's group for petition delivery. Former Republican lawmaker and Idaho Public Television pundit Henry Kulczyk received $350 for similar leg work; his wife Charmagne received $700 for notary service and computer work.

---Shea Andersen

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