GOP Idaho state treasurer candidate Tom Kealey has already filed his campaign finance report for 2017, which isn’t due ‘til Jan. 31, and he’s reporting raising a whopping $97,696. Kealey, who with his wife Joy owns the Chicago Connection Restaurant Group and operates seven Treasure Valley restaurants, is a retired CPA with an MBA from Harvard and an accounting and finance degree from the University of Washington; he recently retired after serving more than 14 years on the Idaho Endowment Fund Investment Board. About $20,000 of Kealey’s campaign fundraising is his own money, but the rest came from 193 individual contributors, almost all of them Idahoans. Asked why people are stepping up to donate to a campaign for a relatively obscure state office,...
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State treasurer candidate Tom Kealey has already raised nearly $100K