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)