Republican operative Jason Glodt handed Secretary of State Shantel Krebs just about 53,000 signatures yesterday on a petition to place a costly and unnecessary “crime victims’ bill of rights” on the ballot on behalf of his out-of-state partners.
Defying the unseemly association with the payday lenders’ sleazy petition drive, Glodt’s petition was not accompanied by the payday lenders’ fake 18% rate cap petition, which still had circulators in front of the Madison Post Office and elsewhere yesterday. The fact that the payday lenders are still working the streets indicates that either…
- …they wanted to give Glodt cover and avoid further appearance of damning association;
- …they want to make a big media splash by submitting even more signatures to demonstrate the false impression that their fake 18% rate cap has enormous grassroots support; or,
- …they haven’t been as successful at tricking South Dakotans into signing the fake 18% rate cap as they have in luring signatures to the Glodt amendment with, “Do you care about domestic abuse victims?”
Pastor Anna Madsen hosted a press conference last Saturday on the need to pass a real 36% rate cap on South Dakota’s loan sharks. She appealed to the Christian conscience not just of voters but also of Lisa Furlong, the shadowy, media-averse sponsor of the fake 18% rate cap petition. Pastor Madsen urges Furlong not to sign the affidavit that must accompany the fake 18% rate cap petition for Secretary Krebs to consider placing it on the ballot:
…You have tremendous power in your hands either to help the least of these, the poor and the hungry and the homeless and children or to help those who wantonly exploit the least of these.
Ms. Furlong know too that there is honest concern about you broadly and most certainly in this room
we doubt the degree to which this role was either well explained to you and the degree to which you understood the document to which you yoked your name
your petition Ms. furlong will truly harm the least of these.
We urge you to reconsider, to have a metanoia, and to know that your change of mind will be greeted not with sneers but with thanksgiving and with respect for your courage and with great, great joy [Pastor Anna Madsen, press conference, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2015.10.31].
One signature, Ms. Furlong. Your one swoop of the pen stands between good and evil. Think about that.
Pastor Erika Lehmann joined Pastor Madsen to talk about the desperation that payday lenders exploit for profit and the duplicity of the fake 18-percenters: