However, according to an ASSOCIATED PRESS/IDAHO STATESMAN story, the guy hasn’t a clue his staffers are using the political payoff cash in his war chest to make loans to political pals. Crapo told the AP Friday he was informed in 2010 of a $250,000 loan his campaign made in 2008 to Idaho-based Blueberry Guru, that’s now defunct. Ex-Crapo campaign manager Jake Ball is a longtime friend of Blueberry Guru owner Gavin McCaleb.
Crapo said he has approved other federally-protected investments in the past by the campaign but had no knowledge of this transaction until it was brought to his attention in 2010–by the FBI no less.
Interesting to note Crapo has waited nearly three years to reveal the financial irregularities in his campaign finances. Last time we looked, Crapo had more than $3,000,000 stashed from people and corporations who had made payments to his political campaigns despite never having a viable opponent.
Jake Ball, the former Crapo guy who made the now-defunct loan, left the staff to go to work for Idaho Republican Rep Raul (“Rep Rep Raul”) Labrador. When word got out Thursday of the impending revelation about the private loan of campaign funds, Ball resigned from Labrador’s office.
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