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CP-Idaho Financial Summary

May 2nd, 2017

The net annual balance (resulting from shaking the income and the outgo together)  provided a small spending deficit for the year 2016.  This came on the heels of a net account surplus in 2015, shown in the following “butterfly” chart.


The difference between expenses in 2015 and 2016 is related to the additional activities associated with a General Election year.  For example, we  fielded two primaries in 2016–the March Presidential Primary and the May Statewide (for U.S. Senate); to say nothing of holding a state convention.

All in all, CP-Idaho’s 2016 annual operating budget therefore tipped to a small spending deficit, totaling about $300 for the year.  We managed to reduce our 2016 expenses, by a net of about $200 compared to the average annual outlay; had we not, the deficit would have been greater.

Before lodging complaints, our members should please note that the financial circumstances during  the formative state party years (2000 to 2008) were not the same as they are now.  Monies are much more difficult to come by today.

Believe it or not, back then, the Idaho state party was actually “state financed” via the “Dollar Check Off” which appeared on Idaho individual tax forms from 1976 until 2010.  State Legislature ended the check off program in 2010, and issued a final payment in 2011.

Today, we are entirely dependent upon individual contributions.  The following combination chart shows the upward impact those state funds have had in the earlier CP-Idaho annual incomes.  State check off funds paid by year are shown in columns as the proportion of the annual total state party revenue “green line”.

Often the “Check Off” state funds constituted the majority of CP-Idaho’s annual receipts in a given year–in 2006 and 2011 for example.  The 2000 fund payment consisted of state funds plus some sort of lump payment to the state party by the new national party–which was that year just reorganizing as the Constitution Party.

No one still active in CP-Idaho knows the details of that 2000 funding; presumably it was a “buy out” of sorts.


In 2000, Idaho was affiliated with the American Heritage Party.  We suspect the funds were received as an inducement to the separate and distinct Idaho party to affiliate; that, or perhaps it was signature petition funding of some sort caused by the affiliation shift.

The net balance chart (shown above first) indicates that 11 out of 16 annual CP-Idaho budgets have been deficits.  That’s not a good trend.  Also, please note that prior to 2004, State reporting requirement was every two years.  So, 1998 – 2004 are biennial financial reports.

The net balance chart was based on:

  1. Annual revenue “green line” (found in the combination chart of state funding aggregated with personal donations prior to 2012)
  2. Annual expenditure “red line”.


2015 to 2016 year-over-year  revenues declined by about $500; even so 2016 revenues came in at 8th largest annual income.  2016 expenses slightly increased, by about $200 (much of which was associated with a debate venue–at Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston–for an unplanned 2016 May state primary contest for U.S. Senate.)

The “red line” chart shows the influence of general elections on the state party outlays–i.e. it costs money to actively compete.  Expenses pushed higher in 2000 and 2014, both general election years, for example.  This is also true to a lesser degree in 2008.  But, we cannot explain the relatively outsized odd-year 2009 expenditures.  Those 2009 expenses were before current management’s tenure.


Expense-wise, the state party’s account was frugally managed in 2016.  Again, our purpose is to compete with viable campaigns.  2016 indeed did that.  Mr. Writz took 6.1% of the entire statewide ballot for U.S. Senate.  Mr. Tomkins took 7.7% of the ballot in U.S. Congressional District 2.  So in that sense, a $200 increase in expenditures 2016 over 2015 was merited.

Just for perspective, our last financial annual summary chart strips out the early year state funding to the party, and places the revenue on just the individual donations.  This standardizes year-to-year income over the 16 financial reports.  Individual contribution totals pop out in comparison.

CP-Idaho is making it, hobbling along.  However, it will be necessary to begin fund raising in earnest this year.  Mid terms are coming up.  So, be on the lookout for our postcards.  Please consider generously contributing and getting involved.  CP-Idaho has done well with a shoestring; but to keep the shoes on–we need another.

State Contact Correspondence:  CP-Idaho, PO Box 186, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816



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