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Crime Victims Initiative Brought to South Dakota by Out-State Operatives

The oddly redundant, ominously anti-First Amendment initiated amendment proposed by Jason Glodt (and approved by Secretary of State Shantel Krebs for circulation on Tuesday) appears to be orchestrated by out-of-state interests.

The statement of organization for the amendment’s ballot question committee, Marsy’s Law for South Dakota, lists Pierre-based Republican consultant Jason Glodt as chair. But handling the committee’s money is Chrissie Hastie of Las Vegas, Nevada. Hastie failed to live up to the name of her Vegas company In Compliance and was fined $3,500 by the Federal Election Commission for failing to properly identify last-minute donors to wingnut Nevada Congressman Jon Porter in 2002. More recently, Hastie has been involved with a variety of conservative PACs and some sneaky PAC attacks.

The ballot question committee statement of organization also declares its affiliation with Marsy’s Law for South Dakota LLC, a company incorporated in South Dakota on May 5 but based at 15 Enterprise #550, Aliso Viejo, California 92656. The only organizer listed for that company in its articles of organization is attorney Emilio Gonzalez, whose Aliso Viejo address is also associated with Marsy’s Law for Nevada LLC, Marsy’s Law for Hawaii LLC, Marsy’s Law for Montana LLC, and Marsy’s Law for All LLC.

These out-state connections may make the Glodt amendment the least grassrootsy ballot measure circulating for signatures in South Dakota right now other than the payday lenders’ fake 18%-rate-cap amendment (which Secretary Krebs approved for circulation on Wednesday)


  1. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-08-13 15:32

    [Sarcasm Alert]
    Out of state, big money interests are all in favor of making their behavior as opaque as possible. Now why on earth would decent, law-abing, in compliance with state laws and regulations, businesses want to hide what they are up to? Why I can’t, for the life of me, imagine.

  2. leslie 2015-08-13 16:15

    A pay day loan robber/kidnapper was caught last week after Pay Day’s employee/victim ironically crashed the robber’s truck in a Brookings cornfield. Guess that 550% truck loan was a little high, but was the collateral destroyed?

    Gaud, i wanna be a reporter. I mean a journalist!!

  3. Barry G. Wick 2015-08-13 20:40

    It’s okay for conservatives to bring hateful bills from out of state, like anti-same-sex marriage constitutional amendments…but when the people want something and get an idea from outside of South Dakota…poo on that! Wasn’t it Rep. Roger Hung er… Hunt who complained 20 years ago that he didn’t want out-of-state influence on South Dakota values??? Huge hunks of the population agreed with him…seems the conservatives are seriously hypocritical…hippocritical….well, play in the water and get your behinder bit, South Dakota dictators….

  4. Kurt Evans 2015-08-13 22:18

    I’m pretty sure “outstate” usually isn’t hyphenated and usually doesn’t mean out-of-state. For example, I think outstate Minnesota would normally refer to Minnesota outside the Twin Cities and their suburbs:

  5. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-08-14 16:12

    Barry, you hear exactly the contradiction I’m eager to hear played out.

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