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Adelstein Reminds Us: Noem Queen of Out-of-State Money

Kristi Noem, raising money at a cocktail party in Laguna Beach, California, winter 2011.
Kristi Noem, raising money at a cocktail party in Laguna Beach, California, winter 2011.

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.


  1. jerry 2018-10-21 09:09

    NOem cannot say NO to the special interests. But we can say NO to NOem. Have you had enough yet? Vote Democratic to clean the place up in South Dakota and while you are at it, vote Tim Bjorkman to keep Dirty Johnson from doing the nation any more harm than the previous deadbeat, freeloader. District 3, a check in the box of Cory would help out in Pierre big time.

  2. Jason 2018-10-21 09:18

    BIlly likes Bernie Sanders polices.

    You aren’t denying that are you Cory?

  3. Jason 2018-10-21 09:19


  4. owen reitzel 2018-10-21 09:53

    What’s wrong with Bernie’s policies Jason? Giving a damn about ALL people is a good thing

  5. Porter Lansing 2018-10-21 11:46

    Kristi likes Dick Cheney’s policies. (Too bad Dick can’t leave USA because of warrants for his arrest all around the world. Awwwwww ….)

  6. jerry 2018-10-21 12:17

    Russian, those silent auctions are suspect. Could be your Russian mob connections. Phat Powers and the Russian, strike again, like week old dried out meatloaf.

    Daugaard likes Bernie’s policies that is for sure. He wanted to implement the Medicaid Expansion (like Bernie) but the crooked legislature would not allow it.

  7. Porter Lansing 2018-10-21 15:12

    “It’s an effin’ Catalina wine mixer.”

  8. Cory Allen Heidelberger 2018-10-21 15:44

    To be clear, both of the Noem supporters here have conceded the main point: Kristi Noem’s attacks on Sutton’s out-of-state money are laughably and backfiringly hypocritical.

  9. Rorschach 2018-10-21 15:50

    Noem either has a conehead, or she wears one of those plastic things on her head like they used in the 70’s to make her hair puff up like that in the back.

  10. RJ 2018-10-21 15:56

    I like Bernie’s ideas Jason. The only ideals of Bernie or liberals that Billie embodies are respect for humanity, a willingness to listen and a desire and experience working across the aisle. Billie is a conservative who just happens to have a (D) behind his name on the ballot. We could float Jesus as a candidate and you would condemn him for being to liberal.

  11. RJ 2018-10-21 15:58

    It’s a “Bump It” Rorschach and a crap load of hairspray and hot air.

  12. W R Old Guy 2018-10-21 18:23

    I fear that something is out of alignment in the Cosmos. The RCJ ran an article earlier this week criticizing Nome’s negative ads for being misleading and unsubstantiated. Today they endorsed Sutton for Governor because Noem would just be more of the same. I can’t remember the RCJ endorsing a Democrat for Governor.

  13. Rorschach 2018-10-21 18:25

    Are you sure, RJ? I was leaning toward conehead.

  14. Rorschach 2018-10-21 19:25

    “This is 911. What’s your problem ma’am?”

    “There’s a conehead with a flasher jacket loitering around my oceanfront mansion. Says she’s the congresswoman from South Dakota. I want her outta here now!”

    “We’ll send an officer ma’am, but it’s not illegal to be a conehead, or to wear a flasher jacket. Unless she flashes someone we probably can’t arrest her.”

    “I don’t want her arrested. I want you to shoot my husband. He’s infatuated with her. He’s got his hand in his pocket trying to conceal his woody, but I noticed.”

  15. Debbo 2018-10-21 19:25

    “like week old dried out meatloaf.” 😆😆😆 That’s hilarious Jerry!

    So Noem pledged to forswear corporate dough, while continuing to take it? Nasty, nasty, nasty. And she’s criticizing Sutton for that? He didn’t make any pledges not to.

    I think what happened is Noem took $ from the Huckster family and their congenital hypocrisy, coupled with her own pre-existing hypocritical condition, resulted in a terminal case of total dishonesty. The infection has really become an epidemic among Pootiepublicans, while most Democrats and genuine conservatives like Adelstein have a natural immunity,

  16. jerry 2018-10-21 20:50

    Marge Simpson called NOem and wants her hairdo back.

  17. jerry 2018-10-21 20:56

    NOem/trump, Soybean farmers are not happy. Break even costs tell the tale “Breakeven Soybean Prices
    Table 2 presents an enterprise budget for rotation soybeans on high productivity soil in Indiana for 2018. Trend yield multiplied by the expected harvest price results in a market revenue of $636 per acre. Harvest price was based on opening futures price on April 10 and was adjusted for projected basis. Variable cost is $264 per acre or $4.19 per bushel. Variable cost represents approximately 42 percent of total costs, which is 13 percent less than that for rotation corn (table 1). After subtracting total variable cost from market revenue and adding government payments, total contribution margin per acre is $372. The contribution margin for soybeans is slightly higher than overhead costs indicating that overhead costs are expected to be covered in 2018. Expected earnings are $3 per acre or $0.05 per bushel. Breakeven price for soybeans is estimated to be $10.05 per bushel.”

    $8.58 current pricing for soybeans.

    NOem has been a NO show for ag producers in South Dakota. Between NOem and the NO Nothing in the White House, NO is the correct vote for NOem.

  18. leslie 2018-10-23 11:42

    Noem’s four petards are all about big government deep state fear mongering. She’s immersed herself most of her life by training from “hucksters…Limbaugh and Hanity-to believe EVERYTHING is a conspiracy, against them, the right wing.

    It only takes one conspiracy nut to do something stupid. Like blocking Hoover Dam demanding documentation of the liberal pedophile cabal.”

  19. Porter Lansing 2018-10-23 11:54

    Well put, Leslie. Intuitive. SD was once a state of Walter Cronkite sensibilities. The hijackers of the people’s initiative have morphed it into a state of Richard Nixon paranoids.

  20. leslie 2018-10-24 15:28

    As Adelstein gives Dems a warm pat on the back his crony Sen Rounds, hypocrite Royale Mike is walking the thin edge of smoothing Trump’s feathers in fear of attracting too much attention, and denying Climate Change Stages 1&2 and voting with the deniers every time. Rounds Thune AND Johnson will be a disaster for the nation world and incidentally the state. We are on track for 3.4 C degree rise by 2100. Guardian, “Republican Politicians” Oct 17.

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