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Idaho Militia Group Members Resign, Say Leader Took Money


Brandon Curtiss, president of 3% of Idaho, at the Harney County Committee of Safety meeting Friday, Jan. 8, in Burns.

Brandon Curtiss, president of 3% of Idaho, at the Harney County Committee of Safety meeting Friday, Jan. 8, in Burns.

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More than 30 members of an Idaho militia group say they’ve resigned after the group’s president spent $2,900 in donations on personal items rather than using it to help four Idaho men facing charges from a 2014 armed standoff with government agents in Nevada.

The 36 members in mainly leadership positions of Idaho 3% announced the resignations Tuesday in a letter obtained by the Idaho Statesman.

The former members contend that Brandon Curtiss used the money for unauthorized car accessory purchases and other charges.

Curtiss said Tuesday he’d issue a statement but hasn’t done so.

One of the four Idaho men facing charges is Scott Drexler of Challis.

His daughter, Chelsea Hamel, says the four men received only $429 from the militia group’s donation efforts over the summer.

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