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Haugaard Campaign Launch Site Hotbed of SDGOP Intrigue

Steven Haugaard launched his campaign against Kristi Noem for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the Sioux Falls building that houses his law office, at 1601 East 69th Street. That same building is also home to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which appears to have violated its IRS non-profit status by hosting Haugaard’s partisan event and which now has provided Americans for Prosperity with its new director of South Dakota pro-corporate lobbying, Keith Moore, a well-connected Republican with lots of experience SDGOP crony corruption. Wow—how much more Republican intrigue can we fit in one building not in Pierre?


Google Maps Street View, close-up of sign listing offices in 1601 E. 69th Street building, Sioux Falls, SD, Aug 2021; retrieved 2021.11.24.
Google Maps Street View, close-up of sign listing offices in 1601 E. 69th Street building, Sioux Falls, SD, Aug 2021; retrieved 2021.11.24.

1601 East 69th Street is also the Lincoln County headquarters of the Minnehaha County Republican Party. That office may not be entirely friendly to the Haugaard campaign: the Minnehaha Republicans Facebook page took a break from its generic national-level propaganda to post with an exclamation point about Governor Noem’s reëlection campaign announcement on November 12, but it made no similar mention of Haugaard’s announcement on November 17.

1601 East 69th Street also appears to be home to Schieffer Consulting Inc., run by former U.S. Attorney and longtime SDGOP Republican donor and influencer Kevin Schieffer, and Border Plains LLC, managed by Sioux Falls banker and state Banking Commission chair Jeff Erickson.

The man who replaced Schieffer on the Board of Regents this, Tony Venhuizen, also works at 1601 East 69th Street, for the Standard Companies. One part of that corporate cluster, Standard Services LLC, lists Venhuizen as its contact on its Sioux Falls Chamber membership page and provides “Professional services for Trust and Family financial services.” Standard Trust, LLC, is the actual entity licensed by the state of South Dakota to do trust business. Venhuizen started at Standard last spring after cycling in and out of the Noem Administration and working on trusts for Noem’s favorite lawyer, Matt McCaulley.

According to the City of Sioux Falls, the South Dakota Fellowship of Christian Athletes owns the entire 1601 building. Boy, for being a non-partisan non-profit, SDFCA sure rents to a lot of prominent Republicans.

Hmmm… if Haugaard is really interested in transparency in South Dakota, maybe he could put a glass to the wall to overhear which dictators, drug dealers, and other democracy-eroding plutocrats may be hiding their wealth in the South Dakota trusts Venhuizen helps manage. But Haugaard should be careful: through his listening glass, he might hear Venhuizen clunking a tumbler against his own office wall trying to capture secrets from the Haugaard campaign to beam back to Team Noem.


  1. Bob Hinter 2021-11-24 11:55

    At my high school the students president of the FCA had parents who were the biggest pot dealers in town.

    FCA is as partisan as the NRA. Name one thing the FCA has done that Jesus Christ would be proud of.

  2. ArloBlundt 2021-11-24 13:40

    Good work Corey, uncovering this nest of vipers.

  3. cibvet 2021-11-24 15:45

    Excellent word choice, Arlo.

  4. Mark Anderson 2021-11-24 16:03

    Boy that’s a tiny space for Raymond James. At least their at the top and the Republicans are at the bottom. Sportsmen without grace or pedigree.

  5. grudznick 2021-11-24 19:47

    Does the strip mall all these outfits share also have a common lobby area for them all to have morning breakfasts and coffee? Can you imagine this Mr. Venhuizen running into the Messrs. Scheiffer and Haugaard waiting for their stroodles to pop out of the toaster and the awkward period of silence as Haugaard hunkers lower and lower, he being the shorter of the bunch by a foot.

  6. larry kurtz 2021-11-25 08:11

    Want to help the Democrat who enters the gubernatorial race? Join me in sending Lora Hubbel some money.

  7. grudznick 2021-11-25 08:25

    Gaia and wiccan Lord and Lady, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessing of the bountiful food we eat and especially for this feast today, for the turkey, the fancy beverages, and the potatoes, and the meaty gravy. Thank you for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here to feast. Thank you for the health of those who are heathy, for the work for those who are not slackards, and our play. We come together in gratitude in this season of reflection, libertarian hand in libbie hand, wingnut hand in conservative hand, joining with all people and drawing our voices towards kindness and civility.

    Now eat a hearty breakfast so you’re warmed up for your feast, and stay out of political arguments with your Uncle Bob at the dinner table. They’ll be coming to pick me up for my feastings in a few hours. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    sincerely, with love and kindness,

  8. tara volesky 2021-11-26 13:11

    Larry Kurtz, you know how to win. It’s all about strategy.

  9. larry kurtz 2021-11-26 17:26

    Hi Tara! It’s high time to end the SDGOP hegemony in my home state!

  10. Bob Newland 2021-11-26 21:58

    I wonder if there’s enough money in the state to make Lora Hubbel look like a Democrat.

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