Did Idaho Democrats Recruit Tommy Ahlquist?


Issue Lt. Gov Brad Little Dr. Tommy Ahlquist Congressman Raul Labrador
Gave maximum allowed donation ($5,000) to Democrat opponent vs Governor Butch Otter. No. Yes. [1] [2] No.
Gave maximum allowed donation to liberal Democrat Boise Mayor Dave Bieter ($1,000) No. Yes. No.
Voted in every GOP Primary election for last 20 years Yes No, first participated in 2016. [3] Yes
Voted for Trump vs. Hillary. Yes. Always supports party nominee No, wrote in ineligible candidate making vote invalid. [4] Yes. Always supports party nominee
Operates a company that raised and donated millions to Hillary Clinton’s Presidential election effort and penned an op-ed titled, “Why Mormons should support Hillary” No. Yes. Is the COO of Gardner Company. A top funder of Hillary Clinton. [5] [6] [7] [8] No.
Recruited by Democrats to run for Governor on the Democrat ticket. No. Yes. Letter by Rep. Phyllis King exposed this. [9] No.
Surprised to learn Idahoans outside of Boise feel disconnected from their government and forgotten by their leaders No. Been fighting and working in government for all Idahoans for 20 years, having extensive knowledge of the issues in each town. Yes. Publicly stated his new knowledge after visiting 97 Idaho cities for the first time ever. [10] No. As a grassroots activist from his time as a precinct committeeman, been involved with people all over Idaho from bottom to top, hearing every issue and concern from all over the state.
Rejects Common Core No. * No. Changed position to support common core and oppose “rollout” only. [11] Yes. Wants Idaho to opt-out.
Will fight for marriage between one man and one woman No. * No. Changed “blue print” to reflect new position. [12] Yes.
Violated election law by campaigning before filing as a candidate, secretly funded by Utah companies and Hillary loyalists No. Followed all election laws. Yes. Secretary Denney investigated and called upon campaign to immediately file appropriate forms. Candidate publicly laughed at the news reports. [13] No. Followed all election laws.

* Little’s stand on Common Core and same-sex marriage was corrected from the original mailing.

Alquist’s $5,000 donation to A.J. Balukoff
Alquist’s $1,000 donation to Dave Bieter
  1. Malloy, Chuck – Ahlquist adds spice, big dollars, to governor’s race – Idaho State Journal – Mar. 29, 2017
  2. Richert, Kevin – Finance Reports: Democrats Hold Leads in Fundraising – Idaho Ed News – Oct. 10, 2014
  3. Kruesi,Kimberly – 3 of 4 Idaho GOP Governor Candidates Have Voted Frequently – U.S. News & World Report – May 29, 2017
  4. Dentzer, Bill – As in Utah, Idaho’s Mormons struggle with Trump – Idaho Statesman – Oct. 13, 2016
  5. Donor Lookup – OpenSecrets – Retrieved July 20, 2017
  6. Gardner, Kem C. – Why Mormons should support Hillary – Deseret News – Oct. 16, 2016
  7. Gehrke, Robert – ‘Classic Bill Clinton,’ in town to raise money for Hillary, talks about candidate’s values and discusses religious freedom The Salt Lake Tribune – Aug. 11, 2016
  8. Romboy, Dennis – Former President Bill Clinton rolls into Park City to raise money for his wife’s campaign – Deseret News – Aug. 11, 2016
  9. Johnson, Mark – Ahlquist ‘humbled by the opportunity’ to run for Idaho governor – KTVB – Feb. 28, 2017
  10. Dentzer, Bill – Tommy Ahlquist covered 7,000 miles getting to know Idaho. Will it help him get elected governor? – Idaho Statesman – Jun. 7, 2017
  11. Richert, Kevin – Ahlquist Criticizes Rollout of Common Core Standards – Idaho Ed News – Jul. 11, 2017
  12. Russell, Betsy Z. – Eye on Boise: Ahlquist alters his ‘blueprint’ plank on same-sex marriage – The Spokesman-Review – Jul. 9, 2017
  13. Kruesi, Kimberlee – Denney: Ahlquist to file for Idaho governor following complaint KTVB – Feb. 27, 2017

Republican Party Chairman Yates’ $10,000 “Hoax.”


Recent court filings reveal that the attorney Republican Party Chairman Yates hired charged over $10,000 in attorney’s fees and costs defending what Chairman Yates called a “hoax.” The attorney for Yates charged over $10,000 to prevent Yates from testifying about what Yates has said was a “hoax” that he was perpetrating on the Chairman for the Bonneville County Central Committee. In an April 15, 2016, article published in the Idaho Statesman, Yates was asked about his secretly recorded interview with the Republican Party Bonneville County Chairman. Yates reportedly “said he knew about the Prosperity Project as a hoax, but he declined to comment on how he learned of the hoax. I wanted him [the Republican Party Bonneville County Chairman] to believe that this is real.” In another interview on April 15, 2016, with Idaho Falls Local News 8, Yates said that if someone is coming after him, he is not necessarily under any obligation to “respond with the truth” but is free “to give them a head fake.” Really Chairman Yates—you think lying is acceptable as long as you lie about someone you think is coming after you? Wow! Well, if Chairman Yates thinks lying is acceptable, then just maybe he’s lying about the “hoax” too because just maybe Chairman Yates is involved in the “Secret Society” up to his eyeballs. This certainly would explain why he and others would incur over $10,000 in attorney’s fees and costs not to testify under oath about their involvement in the “Secret Society.” The only other reason to incur over $10,000 in attorney’s fees and costs is if the bill is being passed onto the Idaho Republican Party. Someone should ask Chairman Yates if that is the case. But be careful, his answer might just be another “head fake.”

Read the Verified Memorandum of Costs and Attorney Fees.

Republican Party Chairman Yates Admits to Participating in Covert “Secret Society.”


In a transcript of a secretly filmed video, Republican Party Chairman Yates makes the shocking admission that he has “a data program that runs through the project” known as the “Idaho Prosperity Project.”  The “Idaho Prosperity Project” is a “Secret Society” whose purpose is to “reset leadership” and reshape delegates to the Republican State Convention to vote for party leaders including State Party Chairman Yates.  Yes, that’s right.  Not only did Yates admit his data program runs through the project, Yates also admitted he was willing to be paid $90,000 for consulting fees for this project to “target” Central Committee Members for removal.  Think about that!  Chairman Yates would have gladly been paid $90,000 to target people in the Republican State Central Committee while also serving as Republican State Party Chairman supposedly serving those very people he’s targeting for money–lots of money.  Talk about a conflict of interest!  Target those you’re supposed to serve for $90,000!  Luckily, Yates didn’t get paid the $90,000—but only “because they didn’t come up with any money.”  Yates summed it up best, “if you don’t pay, I don’t work.”

To read the transcript, click here.

To read the secret “Idaho Prosperity Project” memo, click here.

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Yates Lies About Involvement in “Secret Society.”


Before Chairman Yates knew his comments were being recorded and when he thought he could lie about the conversation, he reportedly told the press, “The upshot of what I recall of the conversation was that I told him, multiple times, that I don’t know that this is even real and I think people are messing with him. And he took a number of conclusions from that conversation that I don’t think will stand up to scrutiny.” Channel 8 April 4, 2016.  And he reportedly said, And I remember consistently telling him that ‘I don’t think this is real,’ and ‘I think someone is just messing with you.’” Post Register April 4, 2016.  But after Chairman Yates made these statements, an actual transcript of the discussion was published showing that Chairman Yates lied about the “Secret Society” not being real because Chairman Yates is actually involved in it.  Read for yourself what Chairman Yates actually said:

Doyle Beck:   But you’re not a part of this project, this Prosperity Project?

Steve Yates:  Yeah. I have a data program that runs through the project.


Doyle Beck:   So the consultant they’re talking about there was you?

Steve Yates:  Could have been, but it isn’t.

Doyle Beck:   Because they didn’t come up with any money [$90,000]?

Steve Yates:  Right.

Chairman Yates claims that the “Secret Society” is not real yet he has a data program that runs through the project and he would have been its consultant if the group could have come up with the $90,000 to pay him.  In other words, if Chairman Yates doesn’t know if the “Secret Society” is real, then why does he let it use his data program and why was he willing to be its consultant if they could have raised the $90,000?  The answer is clear:  Chairman Yates has been caught lying about his involvement in the “Secret Society.”

Yates Bashes Butch Otter, Scott Bedke, Brent Hill, Bart Davis, and Alex LaBeau


Yates Bashes State Leaders in Video


A video released Thursday by Bonneville GOP Chairman Doyle Beck shows more than a conversation about control of the local central committee and a purported “secret society.” The video also contains candid takes on a number of political players, journalists and elected officials in the state.

Beck says he was reluctant to release the video because “there are things on here that are probably not appropriate.” But he felt he had to rebut state Chairman Steve Yates’ accusation that his memory of the meeting was “creative” and “inaccurate.”

Yates called Beck’s decision to covertly film the private conversation “creepy.”

In the video, both Beck and Yates portray C.L. “Butch” Otter as a governor asleep at the wheel.

Beck questions whether the Idaho Prosperity Project could be an effort by Otter to bring in the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry to get control of the local party. Yates doesn’t buy it.

“Tell me what (Otter) has done in any organized way since the beginning of the year,” he said.

Beck chimes in to say that the rumor on the street is that Otter has “dementia or something” and is getting ready to hand the keys to Lt. Gov. Brad Little.

Yates adds: “I’ve seen basically a guy that has put it into a slow gear, let a staff that is not the greatest in the world do more than they’re capable of doing. They botch a veto here, botch an issue there, end up in a special session here, other kinds of stuff.”

IACI doesn’t fare much better.

Yates indicates that Alex LaBeau, the executive director of the IACI, had “humiliated” himself.

That’s a reference to a leaked email in which LaBeau said that Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, could perform a sex act and “hug a teacher.” Siddoway had pledged to block any tax cuts until the state made significant hikes in teacher pay.

“I would have thought (LaBeau would) have self-respect enough to just leave,” Yates said, suggesting LaBeau could “go to Florida and live out his days.”

And if IACI were somehow involved in the Prosperity Project, Yates said, Beck shouldn’t worry.

“If this is IACI, you couldn’t have asked for a greater gift,” he said. “Everything they touch is going to smell like that email.”

LaBeau has denied that IACI has anything to do with the Idaho Prosperity Project — though the organization does have a 10-year-old initiative by the same name, which is focused on helping businesses educate their employees about politics.

Yates indicates he has no relationship with LaBeau.

“The only interaction I’ve had with him is his coming into the party office not long after I was elected and trying to bully me into doing grunt work for the Otter for Idaho campaign,” he said. “We didn’t have friendly words then, and we’ve had no words since.”

Yates also relates that some instant racing advocates are livid that their political contributions didn’t pay off.

“You want to meet a mad man, go talk to Harry Bettis,” he said. “He had the biggest business stake in that decision. He gave tons of money to Butch’s campaign and a number of other lawmakers.”

Campaign finance records show that Bettis, a rancher and part owner of the Les Bois Park racetrack, has donated $10,000 to Otter since 2012, along with $8,500 to Little and $5,000 to lawmakers.

Bettis is particularly peeved at Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, and House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, Yates indicated.

“(He’s) furious, furious, furious at two things: All Republican politicians, but especially the Mormons,” Yates said. “So sick and tired of Mormon leaders from the east coming in and getting on their high horse about this or that.”

None of those legislative leaders received contributions from Bettis.

Stop The RINO: Candidate David Smith Legislative Dist. 33B

Stop RINO: Legislative Candidate David Smith Dist. 33B

While David Smith is a registered as a Republican, he is not genuine.  In reality he considers himself as a Republican in name only (R.I.N.O.) because:

“He considers himself generally independent and has little tolerance for political parties.”                                            – The Post Register


“He said he is driven by pragmatism rather than ideology.”                                                                                                                – The Post Register

 “He is the only legislative candidate in a contested race to skipped the important May 12th Bonneville County Republican Candidate’s Forum.”                                        Bonneville County Republican Central Committee

“He is the only Candidate in a contested legislative race that the Bonneville County Central Committee was unable to verify whether Mr. Smith accepts and supports the Idaho Republican Party Platform.”                                                – Bonneville County Republican Center Committee

“He is supported by Ultra-Left-Special Interest Groups, Long-Time Liberal Democrats, and the Immoral Prosperity Fund PAC.”                                                                  – Idaho Secretary of State Campaign Finance Reports



RINO Alert: Candidate David Smith Legislative Dist. 33B Is Loose

David M. Smith, RINO Legislative Candidate Dist 33B

While David Smith is a registered as a Republican, he is not genuine.  In reality he considers himself as a Republican in name only (R.H.I.N.O.) BECAUSE:

“He considers himself generally independent and has little tolerance for political parties.”                                                           – The Post Register

“He said he is driven by pragmatism rather than ideology.”                                                                                                                – The Post Register

“He is the only legislative candidate in a contested race to skipped the important May 12th Bonneville County Republican Candidate’s Forum.”                                        Bonneville County Republican Central Committee

“He is the only Candidate in a contested legislative race that the Bonneville County Central Committee was unable to verify whether Mr. Smith accepts and supports the Idaho Republican Party Platform.”                                                – Bonneville County Republican Center Committee

“He is supported by Ultra-Left-Special Interest Groups, Long-Time Liberal Democrats, and the Immoral Prosperity Fund PAC.”                                                             – Idaho Secretary of State Campaign Finance Reports



Reasons For OtterPAC and Historical Accountability


Why are Gov. Otter & the GOP Establishment TRYING TO REMOVE GOD and Constitution, Personal Responsibility, Open Primary, Family Farm Unit, Private Property Rights and Other Conservative Ideals From the Republican Platform?

Dear Fellow Conservatives,

The time has come again to offer another government review and historical accounting.

The Otter PAC was formed and established to make BIG changes to what the Idaho Republican Party stands for!

For years we’ve heard arguments over various issues in the Idaho GOP, but the big divide we are feeling now started in 2006.

Butch said many times publicly he has been angry since we voted out “his chairman Kirk Sullivan.”

Kirk Sullivan came to the 2006 convention with a rewritten platform, which excluded the name of God, the pro-life plank, and all the moral issue planks, I cannot remember, but suspect other issues like the 2nd amendment, private property rights, school choice etc. were also taken out.

In 2006, Sullivan also was hell bent on getting that God-less platform passed. He went as far as to eliminate from committee people from what he thought were moral issue counties. An example was Bonneville County was supposed to have 10 of their delegates on committees, instead there were two from that county.  Because Sullivan did not know most of the central committee as real people, he underestimated how many “value voters” were in attendance. At this convention, the delegates were so angry at Sullivan that he had to apologize or there would be a threat of him losing his chairmanship that year. Sullivan told me on a few occasions that his goal as chairman was to “get rid of all that God and moral issue stuff, because it makes us look like idiots.”

Many things were passed at that convention, including 87% voted to close the Idaho primaries. Reason being that for the 2002, 2004, and 2006 election cycle the democrat party were practicing organized efforts to vote in the Republican primary to choose the weakest, or most liberal candidate. I n many counties favorite Republican County commissioners were taken out and extremely liberal democrat leaning candidates were winning the primary. In 2006, the democrats organized a statewide effort to affect a statewide race. We now know because of a poll taken that a huge percent of democrat voters admit that they were voting in the Republican primary for the weakest, or most liberal candidate.

Because Sullivan ignored what was passed in 2006, and made a huge effort to undermine every single order of the central committee for the next 2 years, he was voted out in 2008. It really had nothing to do with how many felt about Otter, but he took it very personally. Many of us were personally threatened by Otter, and his staff.

Later on in 2014, Senator Jeff Siddoway showed up with similar proposed platform, very similar, to the one Sullivan proposed in 2006.

Otter held on his grudge, and in 2014 his operatives were given $100,000 to replace long standing precinct committee members in the party. They concentrated their efforts in Ada, Elmore, Payette and Kootenai Counties. They were able to prevail in three counties, but it backfired in Kootenai.

In Ada they were able to replace longtime Republican citizen precinct people with people who were government employees and lobbyists, and their associates.

At the Ada County reorganization meeting in 2014, these newly elected Otterbots refused to follow part rules, and would not allow long time central committee members, Russ and Kara Fulcher, Mike Moyle, John Vander Woude, Reed and Gayann Demordaunt, Chris Troupis, Rod Beck and 64 others to even be considered for a delegate position to the Moscow Convention. Instead they presented a filled slate, with many names who, many who never even intended to be at the convention, and others who would vote for the IACI, and Otter agenda.

Included in this effort, Senator Jeff Siddoway brought the proposed platform changes to gut out basic Republican principles.

I am including the proposed amended Preamble of our Republican platform: the lines through it are the part Jeff Siddoway and the Otterbots wanted taken out.  Other planks marked out were the support of the 2nd amendment, support of private property rights, and school choice, and many others.

I do believe this was the real reason for the fight. Please examine the 2014 nefarious proposed amendments for yourself.


LeeAnn Callear