The GOP spin machine is going to have to retool its snarky partisan attacks on Rick Weiland’s proposed anti-corruption ballot initiative. The wide-ranging South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act, which includes public funding for political campaigns, a new state ethics commission, and restrictions on lobbyists, has two prominent Republicans backing it: Don Frankenfeld of Rapid City and Dave Volk of Sioux Falls:
A right-left coalition called South Dakotans for Ethics Reform is proposing a new anti- corruption initiative to be placed on the November 2016 ballot. The effort is co-chaired by former State Senator Don Frankenfeld (R-Rapid City) and former U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland (D-Sioux Falls).
…”This is South Dakota’s Declaration of Independence from the corrupting influence of big money in politics,” said Rapid City’s Don Frankenfeld, the Republican co-chair of South Dakotans for Ethics Reform and former state senator. “This law would turn South Dakota into a national leader on ethics reform.”
…“The Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act would ensure disclosure of who’s spending money on politics and elections and how it’s influencing our representatives,” said Dave Volk, a Republican and former South Dakota State Treasurer based in Sioux Falls who supports the Act. “Democracy works better when voters are well-informed” [South Dakotans for Ethics Reform, press release, 2015.07.15].
Ah, ballot measures, bringing people together across party lines. Isn’t direct democracy wonderful?