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State Sen. Tony Potts’ campaign finance filings show he did the bulk of his campaign spending during the legislative session on expenses such as housing, food and travel, the Post Register reports. 

Traditionally, the bulk of campaign funds are spent on activities such as preparing radio advertising, campaign signs, online ads and related campaign activities. Potts reported only three such expenditures, totaling less than $2,000 of his $5,200 in expenditures. By contrast, 23 expenditures were for travel, six were for food and seven were for “independent expenditures.” The independent expenditures took place at locations such as dry cleaners, gyms, home supply stores and clothing outlets, writes Post Register reporter Bryan Clark; you can read his full report here.

The bulk of the contributions to Potts’ campaign before the end of the legislative session — the funds which could be used for such expenditures — came from members of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee, including Bryan Smith, Doyle Beck and Stafford Smith.

Potts was appointed to replace Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis last year after Davis was named U.S. attorney for the state.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press-Tribune and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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