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Speaker Bedke Received a Campaign Donation from Firm Tasked with Questioning Giddings

By • August 2, 2021

Earlier today, Rep. Priscilla Giddings (R-White Bird) went through a public House Ethics hearing.

During that hearing, she was questioned by Christopher McCurdy. McCurdy is currently an Associate with the law firm Holland & Hart.

A citizen contacted Idaho Dispatch and told us that Holland & Hart donated money to Speaker Scott Bedke (R-Oakley) back in 2016.

The concern from the citizen was that McCurdy works for a firm that has donated to Bedke and that there is a conflict of interest. In addition, Bedke and Giddings are both running for Lt. Governor, and some lawmakers and citizens have questions if Bedke should have removed himself from the complaint.

Additionally, some citizens felt that McCurdy should have recused himself from the hearings given the firm he works for has donated to Giddings political opponent, who is also listed on one of the complaints against her.

The donation to Bedke was made by Holland & Hart in October of 2016, and the following image is a screenshot of the donation (middle line) from the Idaho Secretary of State’s website:

According to McCurdy’s LinkedIn account, he began working for Holland & Hart in January of 2016.

Idaho Dispatch has reached out to the House Ethics Committee, McCurdy, Bedke, and the Holland & Hart law firm to find out if they were aware of the donations made to Gidding’s opponent and one of the complainants. Additionally, we asked the House Committee why a private law firm was used for this hearing when they used the Attorney General’s office for the April ethics hearing. As of this time,  we have received no response to our inquiry but will update the article should any of the individuals contacted respond.

Idaho Dispatch also reached out to Giddings to see if she wanted to respond to the revelation that the firm McCurdy worked for had donated to Bedke and felt it was a conflict of interest. We have not received a response at this time.

Do you believe McCurdy, representing the House Ethics Committee, should have recused himself because of this or is the donation from the firm he works for irrelevant?

Let us know in the comments below.

Tags: Christopher McCurdy, Holland & Hart, House Ethics Committee, Priscilla Giddings, Scott Bedke