There she is, Ms. South Dakota….
Which candidate for Governor has the highest percentage of support from South Dakota donors?
Why, it’s Tracey Quint, Libertarian!
Quint’s gubernatorial campaign reported $150 in contributions on its pre-primary report, which counts all contributions from January 1 through May 18. Quint was just nominated by the LPSD on April 23, so she’s only had four weeks to raise money. But every dollar she’s raised so far comes from South Dakota (from one South Dakotan, actually, Sioux Falls marketer Timothy Godinez).
100% South Dakota-funded! Way to go, Tracey Quint!
Democrat Jamie Smith is the next most South Dakota-fueled candidate for Governor. His primary report shows that since launching his campaign in February, Smith has collected $137,424.97. $1,840 of that money came from out of state ($460 of that came from folks with the last name Smith). Thus, 98.66% of Smith’s political cash is good clean South Dakota money.
Republican Steven Haugaard also makes the 90s with his South Dakota cash percentage. Haugaard reports $4,700 from two guys in Colorado, a gal in Oklahoma, and a Jesus-y lender in Georgia. That’s 4.45% of Haugaard’s reported $105,693.25 pre-primary income. Haugaard thus can say with pride that he is 95.55% South Dakota funded.
The woman Haugaard, Smith, and Quint all want to beat, Governor Kristi Noem, remains hugely dependent on out-of-state donors. In every category, a majority of Noem’s pre-primary campaign contributions appear to have come from out-of-state sources. 55.6% of Noem’s contributions from candidates, 58.7% of her contributions from political action committees, 67.6% of contributions from private companies (“entities”, in South Dakota campaign finance parlance), and 100% of contributions from political parties came from outside South Dakota.
Noem itemizes over 8,100 individual contributions. Her PDF filing doesn’t paste neatly into a spreadsheet for complete analysis, but I randomly sample three pages from this list—pages 36, 45, and 126—and find that $14,149.51 of the $24,156.98 listed on those three pages came from out-of-state donors. That’s 58.57% from outside South Dakota. If we extrapolate that percentage to all of Noem’s individual contributions—$1.22 million from itemized individuals, $805K from unitemized donors for whom we have no information and can only guess at locations—and add the more easily countable amounts from out-of-state entities, candidates, parties, and PACs, we may estimate that $1.81 million of her $3.04 million take from January 1 through May 18 came from outside South Dakota. Noem’s campaign income this year so far is only 40.5% South Dakotan. As I calculated in January from Noem’s 2021 report, the majority stakeholders in Kristi Noem’s gubernatorial campaign are from outside South Dakota.
Of course, 40.5% of $3.04 million is still five times the amount all three of Noem’s opponents raised together since January 1, enough to cream all three and have cash to spare to purge the Legislature of insufficiently servile Republicans.
But buyers beware: three of your four choices for Governor are almost entirely funded by South Dakotans. Your sitting (on a jet) Governor is mostly funded by people who do not have to live with the consequences of her governance.