The South Dakota Democratic Party is closing its doors. Literally.
In an e-mail to the SDDP Executive Board and State Central Committee Members (which groups leak like a sieve), SDDP chair Paula Hawks says the party can’t afford to maintain a physical office presence:
Dear SDDP Executive Board and State Central Committee Members,
As many of you have likely heard, we have recently uncovered numerous issues with SDDP finances. After working with our accountant and attorney about the current state of SDDP’s financial health, we’ve had to make some difficult decisions to ensure we get back on track. In reviewing our budget, the biggest operating expenses are attributed to the office rent in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Therefore, we have made the necessary decision to close both offices within the next month and staff will begin work remotely. We anticipate this being temporary until we are in a better financial position [SDDP chair Paula Hawks, e-mail, 2019.08.29].
This is far worse than to the misreported Clinton money that has SDDP in dutch with the Federal Election Commission. This is the Democratic Party not able to manage its money sufficiently to maintain a dedicated space for operations and meetings.
In the absence of cash, the SDDP is also canceling its big fall fundraiser in the Black Hills:
We have also made the decision to cancel our Democratic Round Up event originally scheduled for September 28 in Rapid City [Hawks, 2019.08.29].
One can only assume that the Buffalo Round-Up Dinner, an event started just four years ago, was not producing enough cash to justify the expense.
The Executive Board and State Central Committee will meet in September 28th in Fort Pierre to discuss the situation. If you have any questions, you can contact the party online (the SDDP still has a website) or maybe catch party officials running the loyal opposition from Caribou.