On Friday when I noted that part-time Governor Kristi Noem skipped a chance to defend South Dakota’s trust industry before Congress in favor of attending swanky East Cost fundraisers for her campaign, I documented her fundraising by posting the invitations to the Virginia and Pennsylvania events. The Virginia invitation came from KSFY journalist Austin Goss:
Evidently Noem’s campaign doesn’t want just anyone being able to contact its director of finance, Noem’s elder daughter Kennedy. The Noem campaign team apparently got on Goss’s case for posting Kennedy’s “personal contact information.” Goss deleted his original tweeted and posted a redacted version of the Virginia invitation yesterday:
Hey, I’m Governor Noem’s campaign manager and I just wanted to see if you would remove the screenshot of the invitation to the Governor’s private event in McLean, VA and repost it with the contact information for Kennedy Noem blocked out. Absolutely no problem with you posting the invitation if you think it is news, but Kennedy has received multiple aggressive calls and emails over the last 36 hours and I don’t think any of us want to put anyone at risk by exposing their personal information. You’ll also note that the original reporter that you screenshotted has removed that tweet and reposted it with the information blocked out as seen here: https://twitter.com/AustinGossSD/status/1469718250309267462
Please let me know if you can work with me on this request.
Joe Desilets [email to Dakota Free Press, 2021.12.11]
Um, Noem campaign? If you hire an individual to run a ten-million-dollar organization, you should make sure all of the organization’s communications, especially the financial communications, are happening through organization channels. Why is your director of finance taking business calls on her personal phone? Buy Kennedy a campaign phone, and post that number on all of your donation-soliciting materials. Then when donors call, they won’t get Kennedy’s personal voicemail intro, and when your campaign gets audited, poor Kennedy won’t have to surrender to the authorities the phone with all of her embarrassing texts to and from all the cute evangelical guys at Belmont.