South Dakota Republicans are scared. They know they can’t beat Billie Sutton himself, because Kristi Noem herself is such an unlikable, unaccomplished candidate. So Kristi and her party are scrambling to make the race about out-of-staters: Billie is really Hillary, Billie is really Bernie, Billie is really protestors in D.C. screaming at Kavanaugh, Billie is really outside money pouring into the state—
Wait, what was that last one? Outside money? I’ve seen some Noem supporters online peddling that concern. In case those Noem smokescreeners missed Kristi’s big fundraiser in Minneapolis last November, and in case they missed the fact that 66% of her 2016 Congressional campaign kitty came from out of state, Sutton Republican (and sponsor of this blog) Stan Adelstein reminds South Dakota of the seven figures Noem took from out-of-state PACs in 2016:
You asked for information on the nearly $1.2 million in out-of-state contributions Noem received from PACs the reporting period that she transferred $1.6 million from “Kristi for House” to “Kristi for Governor.” She pledged not to take corporate contributions, but just click here and look at the names on these PACs—they look pretty corporate. Noem has become so Washington she doesn’t know how smart South Dakotans are [Stan Adelstein, “Just Who Contributed to Noem When She Transferred $1.6M to Her Campaign for Governor?” A Way to Go, 2018.10.19].
Do click Adelstein’s list of Noem’s 2016 out-of-state PAC donors. Her $10K Club that year included big corporations from DC (Koch Industries!), Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Indiana, Iowa, Connecticut, and Minnesota.
Oh, and remind me: what Manhattan billionaire did Kristi need to come help her raise half a million dollars last month? If Billie is really Hillary or Bernie, who have yet to even issue statements for the Sutton campaign, let alone visit or contribute, then Kristi is really Donald.
Anxiety and fear can drive people to make mistakes. Campaigning against alleged out-of-state influence in the Sutton campaign is another misuse of all that out-of-state cash by the underperforming Noem campaign.