Dan Lederman is lying to make money. He is citing Laure Swanson’s re-election to the Aberdeen City Council as proof of his Rushmore PAC’s effectiveness at winning elections:
Rushmore PAC put out a call to raise $1000 for Swanson’s local race, and quickly assembled a number of small donations from the area to help her get her positive message of economic development and community growth out.
After Laure hit the campaign trail and pushed hard the entire election, with less than a week to go before the election, Heidelberger curiously announced his withdrawal from the contest. Despite the fact it was too late to remove his name from the ballot.
Swanson handily captured the victory 78-22%.
Operating from the halls of Congress to City Council chambers, those are just two of the recent elections where Rushmore PAC was able to make a difference. When you make a donation to Rushmore PAC, you can be sure that we continue to elect conservative Leaders for today, and for the next generation [Dan Lederman, “Rushmore PAC Helps to Secure a Win Again!” RushmorePAC.org, 2015.06.23].
Lederman previously made a quixotic crusade out of intruding on a local election and turning Aberdeen’s nonpartisan city council race into a big-money partisan feud. However, his PAC efforts had zero impace on the outcome of the election. Zero.
There really was no contest, no victory to be swayed by Lederman’s outside meddling. I publicly withdrew from the race on May 26. If Lederman finds that withdrawal “curious,” he could satisfy his curiosity by reading the statement I published on May 26 or the article that the Aberdeen American News published on May 28, both of which explained that I withdrew because my wife and I bought a house in the northwest part of town and would be moving out of our rental unit in the southeast part of town in June. Laure Swanson’s seat represents Aberdeen’s southeast district; had I been elected, I would not have been able to serve in that seat. I thus withdrew.
Rushmore PAC implies that its money helped Swanson “get her positive message of economic development and community growth out” and “push[…] hard the entire election. My neighbors do not recall seeing a single ad or street sign. Swanson skipped the only public forum of the campaign on May 9. Wherever Rushmore PAC’s supposed thousand dollars went, it didn’t go for any visible campaigning.
Rushmore PAC says it made a difference in electing a “conservative leader.” However, the outcome would have been the same whether Dan Lederman had raised a million dollars or zero dollars for Swanson, the former marketing director for the failed Northern Beef Packers (making a living on Joop Bollen’s shady government-facilitated business practices—yeah, that’s conservative). Rushmore PAC quite literally made no difference in Laure Swanson’s default victory. Dan Lederman’s claim to the contrary is a lie, baldly demonstrating his willingness to deceive donors for his own benefit.
p.s.: Lederman also claims credit for Steve Allender’s victory in Rapid City’s mayoral race. Ugh—and I thought Allender’s stance on race relations was bad; his association with Lederman’s lying lobby could be worse.