If Speaker G. Mark Mickelson is serious about banning out-of-state money from South Dakota politics, he needs to expand his focus from ballot measures to candidates and from ballot measures from fringe nuts he doesn’t like to rich guys like the Koch Brothers whom his Republican Party really likes.
A letter to the editor in the Watertown paper speaks of the addiction Mickelson ought to be fighting:
We have a drug problem.
Our problem is addicted politicians. They have become “Koch addicts.”
To be elected and stay elected takes money, lots of money. So politicians depend on their “dealers.” And the “dealers” with the most money are people like the Koch brothers, who get politicians hooked and keep them hooked.
Politicians remain hooked “Koch addicts” through the threat of having their “fix” taken from them (if the “Koch” agenda is not served) and being given to someone else [Murray Smart, letter to the editor, Watertown Public Opinion, 2017.10.10].