When a California billionaire is dedicated to a vanity project, you get sloppy management.
Henry T. Nicholas is spending millions of dollars to promote Amendment S in South Dakota and identical unnecessary, costly complications of the criminal justice system in North Dakota and Montana. That money is putting grim gray flyers in lots of South Dakotans’ mailboxes.
Nicholas’s South Dakota campaign Jason Glodt sent one to conservative blogger Pat Powers’s house. But also sent one to me and to another avid Dakota Free Press reader. Any good campaigner would have a database showing that we aren’t persuadable voters and thus aren’t worth the relatively spendy proposition of a glossy card and postage.
But money apparently is no object for Nicholas, so Glodt is freed from the constraints of smart campaigning. As with the Nicholas/Glodt petition effort, these fearmongering postcards need no quality control or accountability. Glodt can just keep burning Nicholas’s money.
As attorney Ryan Kolbeck said in last week’s ballot question forum in Sioux Falls, Nicholas will spend recklessly to market his vanity bill in South Dakota, but we can’t count on him to pay for its implementation if we recklessly vote for it.