After two and a half years enjoying the nepotism of his mother-in-law the Governor, Kyle Peters, father of Granny Gone Kristi Noem’s first grandchild, has left state government to join a private wing of the Republican crony machine. After making $63K+ a year handing out CAFO bribes in his mother-in-law’s Office of Economic Development, Peters ports his corporate-welfare experience to A1 Development Solutions, a firm dedicated to helping CAFOs get corporate welfare from the office Peters just left:
A few weeks ago, I resigned as Senior Business Development Representative from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. While my time there was a quick two and a half years, I gained several friends in & out of the office.
I accepted a position with A1 Development Solutions, which is an economic development project management and consultant firm with a focus on agriculture based in Sioux Falls [Kyle Peters, tweet, 2021.06.07].
A1 Development Solutions helped at least two CAFOs finagle the bribes Peters was helping GOED administer to grease their county rezoning processes. A1 Development Solutions was founded by Paul Kostboth, who worked for five years our Department of Agriculture’s ag development director until he decided he could make more money promoting CAFOs as a private consultant. A1 Development Solutions was cofounded by G. Mark Mickelson, who at the time was Speaker of the House and has a long record of using his political clout to promote big feedlots and other big ag polluters through legislation, intimidation, and myopic rural development propaganda. A1 still lists as a consultants Ty Eschenbaum and Ben Stout, both of whom worked for Kostboth in the Department of Agriculture. Peters thus follows in the footsteps of public officials translating their experience and connections into private-sector profit. He also continues to enjoy the patronage of well-placed Republicans apprentices employed not as actual value creators but as middlemen peddling influence from cozy, unaccountable sinecures.