In today’s minutiae, I notice one tiny error on the official 2016 Ballot Question Pamphlet that’s got to be chafing the supporters of Initiated Measure 22, the Anti-Corruption Act.
See that link in Don Frankenfeld’s Pro statement on IM 22? It points to a subdomain of 22.org, which, as of this writing, has no content… though I fear its registrant, Ari Sher of Omnigen Corp. of Long Beach, New York, is about to get a nice offer from the Koch Brothers to buy that domain by the end of the day to post a trick site to reinforce their self-serving campaign against IM 22. FreeValuator.com says 22.org estimates the current value of 22.org to be $1,663.48; SitePrice.org pegs it at $4,953. Both estimates are small change for the Kochs.
The actual website for South Dakotans for Integrity is Yes22.org, no dot between “Yes” and “22”. Larry Rhoden’s Con statement on IM 22 lists the correct URL for IM 22 opponents, Defeat22.com. Interestingly, the online PDF gives an active link to the incorrect Pro URL but not to the correct Con URL.
We can’t pin this error on the Secretary of State yet; the office prints proponent and opponent statements “as supplied by the writers, was not verified by the Secretary of State.” Regardless of how the error arose, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs tells me her office will fix the online PDF. Secretary Krebs also says only a few copies have been printed, so fixes to the PDF will also appear in paper form at your county courthouse. The Kochs can buy yes.22.org and get a little mileage by tricking early readers, but our fast-acting Secretary of State will prevent much further confusion. (The value of 22.org just dropped 50%.)