Usama Dakdok dulled Aberdonians’ wits for nearly three hours Tuesday night with his bigoted faux-informed screed against Islam. But all I need to know about the latest Klan meeting hosted in our fair city is this screen cap from Ken Santema’s video of Tuesday’s event:
Dakdok’s meeting isn’t just a nonfactual rant against one major world religion. That Donald Trump banner at the front makes clear Dakdok’s Tuesday show, his encore tonight, and the previous Ron Branstner meetings hosted by the anonymous “Americans First, Task Force” are political rallies intended to influence a federal election. As such…
- The Eagles Club cannot donate use of its meeting hall for this meeting. A corporation like the Eagles Club cannot make a contribution, either cash or in-kind, to influence a federal election.
- The Keep South Dakota Safe PAC, formed by Jessica Carroll and Amanda Hubbs to fan xenophobia in Aberdeen, reported no hall rental on their pre-general campaign finance report filed Tuesday. Wielding $130 from unitemized individual contributions and $1,500 from Paul Meyers of Meyers Tractor Salvage, KSDSPAC incurred $687.19 in advertising expenses and spent $64.48 on a meal. Their report, filed the same day as the first Dakdok talk, shows no hall rental fee, either paid or incurred.
- Bonus: KSDSPAC’s first pre-general report may violate SDCL 12-27-22, which requires that PACs (and candidates!) submit their pre-general report with a complete accounting of all financial activity up to the fifteenth day before the general election. This year, that’s next week Monday, October 24. KSDSPAC filed its pre-general report on Tuesday, October 18, at 13:59 CDT, four hours before the first Dakdok meeting started. Therefore, if KSDSPAC passed the hat Tuesday night, or if they pass it tonight, or if they paid any bills Tuesday or pay any bills tonight or over the next four days, their pre-general report wins them a Class 1 misdemeanor charge. (Of course, if KSDSPAC reads this and thus becomes aware of any omission or inaccuracy, they have three days to file an amended statement. You’re welcome, Jessica and Amanda.)
- Of course, since KSDSPAC is flying the Trump banner, South Dakota Codified Law may be irrelevant. Instead, KSDSPAC may need to spend the weekend reviewing the Federal Election Commission’s Guidance for Nonconnected Committees.
But hey, these xenophobes’ political ringleader can’t even agree to respect the outcome of a democratic election. Why should we expect them to respect or grasp the far more complicated rules of campaign finance law?