The New York Times reports that four state Democratic parties—New Hampshire, Mississippi, Virginia, and Wisconsin—have signed joint fundraising agreements with Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign.
South Dakota Democrats, I know you could use the money. But review Article 11, Section 1 of the SDDP Constitution:
Neither the State Central Committee, the State Executive Board nor any County Central Committee shall finance or endorse the candidacy of any person seeking the nomination of the Party in a contested Primary Election [South Dakota Democratic Party Constitution, Article 11, Section 1, downloaded 2015.08.25].
Perhaps one could make a semantic argument that agreeing to collaborate with a candidate to raise money does not technically constitute an endorsement. Perhaps one could further argue that a joint fundraising agreement is not the same as financing the candidate, it’s just South Dakota Democrats passing the hat and promising to split the cash with Clinton.
But that sounds like thin ice to me. If the South Dakota Democratic Party wants to help the Democratic nominee for President raise money, the party had better wait until we have a nominee.