Sure, Initiated Measure 22, the Anti-Corruption Act, comes from Democrat Rick Weiland’s efforts to reform South Dakota politics via ballot measure. But Weiland has assembled a remarkable team of cross-partisan campaigners to promote his package of campaign finance reforms, small-donor public campaign financing, and a statewide ethics commission. According to a press release popped into my inbox this morning, IM22 co-chairs Don Frankenfeld (a Rapid City Republican) and Darrell Solberg (a Sioux Falls Democrat) will be touring the state with a Tea Party guy, a Bush II official, and a national anti-corruption campaigner:
On Monday, September 19 through Wednesday, September 21st, conservative thought leaders John Pudner, Richard Painter and Dan Krassner will be touring the state with IM22 spokespersons and co-chairs, Don Frankenfeld and Darrell Solberg in support of Initiated Measure 22.
- John Pudner, founder of conservative anti-corruption group Take Back Our Republic and former political consultant who helped Tea Party candidate Dave Brat unseat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 2014 Republican primary election.
- Richard Painter, former chief ethics czar for President George W. Bush. Author of Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference.
- Dan Krassner, political director at Represent.Us and former chief strategy and communications officer of Florida Chamber of Commerce [Take It Back press release, 2016.09.09].
It’s good to see that, even amidst the Trump-polarization of political discourse, we can find agreement across party lines that our campaign finance system has problems. Now if we can just forge consensus on some real action.