Speaking of out-of-state money, you know who’s paying for all those “Vote No on 25” posters and tear sheets and stickers and floor mats around the cigarette displays at your local gas station? The company that makes those cigarettes, Altria, the old Philip Morris, which through its Client Services Division has poured $5.9 million (plus $465K in donated time and services) into stopping the buck-a-pack tobacco tax for vo-tech tuition:
Oh, and that measly $45K from RAI Services Company? That’s Reynolds Tobacco.
The anti-IM 25 committee calls itself “South Dakotans Against Higher Taxes. Pierre-based treasurer Dawna Lietzke signed the report, but there’s not one South Dakota dollar in this campaign.
Speaker G. Mark Mickelson’s pro-IM 25 committee still has no pre-general report up on the Secretary of State’s website. But I’m confident they will not have $5.9 million in income or $4.3 million in expenses to report.