The following Press Release was sent out by Art Macomber, a Republican candidate for attorney general. Note: Press Releases sent out by candidates do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
April 28, 2022. On March 14, 2022, the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee (BCRCC) made a $5,000 political contribution to the Labrador for Idaho campaign, contrary to the BCRCC’s By-Laws (see enclosed). The BCRCC Policy states, “It shall be the policy of the Central Committee to: . . . Take no position in favor of any Republican candidate engaged in a primary election contest.” The campaign contribution is a position in favor of Labrador.
The Macomber for Idaho campaign notified Mr. Labrador of the BCRCC rules violation on March 25, 2022 (see enclosed two letters), recommending that the donation be returned.
As of April 28, sunshine reports do not reflect a refund of the tainted funds.
The Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct* set the standard for the integrity of the Idaho legal profession. To the extent Mr. Labrador deviates from these rules and aspirations is the extent to which he will fail as a good and honest leader of Idaho attorneys as Attorney General. These events raise questions regarding Mr. Labrador’s competence to follow the rule (Rule 1.1) as Attorney General, to perform the duties of Attorney General with “a special responsibility for the quality of justice” (Preamble ), to set an example to other attorneys in his capacity as Attorney General (Preamble 12), and to independently act ethically in compliance with the BCRCC’s By-Laws (Preamble 16) when money is involved.
Idahoans cannot expect good and honest actions from Mr. Labrador when he knows he is not adhering to the Bylaws of contributing organizations. Mr. Labrador does not demonstrate the necessary integrity to meet the standards of the Idaho Rules and must not exercise the powers of the State Attorney General’s office.
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