Lobbyist and lawyer Matt McCaulley may not have remained in state government after his service on Kristi Noem’s transition team, but he’s still working on the taxpayer’s dime for Governor Noem. On January 5, 2019, Noem’s inauguration day, a contract took effect engaging McCaulley’s Redstone Law Firm to do $129,200 worth of lawyering for the Office of the Governor through June 30, 2019. The contract was signed January 9 by Noem campaign honcho turned chief of staff Herb Jones:
This contract could create a problem for Representative Jon Hansen (R-25/Dell Rapids). Hansen started attorneying for Redstone in 2016. He helped Redstone and Big Pharma destroy the prescription drug price cap initiative petition in 2018.
But South Dakota Constitution Article 3 Section 12 says that no “member of the Legislature during the term for which he shall have been elected, or within one year thereafter,” may “be interested, directly or indirectly, in any contract with the state or any county thereof, authorized by any law passed during the term for which he shall have been elected.”
Hmm… maybe that’s why the Redstone Law Firm no longer lists Hansen as one of its practitioners of dark legal arts:
…and have stuck their Jon Hansen page in “stash” mode:
…and why on January 9, Rep. Hansen said on his new elected official financial interest statement that, contrary to the employment at Redstone that he declared on his candidate financial interest statement last March, he now works for the Dell Rapids law firm Dell Rapids Law Firm (whose web master still hasn’t added Jon to the head shots).
Note that he can’t go back and work for Redstone right away this spring when Session is done. Hansen would have to sit out from Redstone until at least July 1, when the current contract runs out. But if Governor Noem keeps writing checks to her friend Matt’s law firm after that, Rep. Hansen can’t go to work until at least a year after he leaves the Legislature.