The clever devils who snapped up Kristi Noem’s forgotten “Defend Title IX Now” web domain and redirected it real educator and women’s-rights defender Jamie Smith’s gubernatorial campaign website weren’t just friends of snark and democracy; they were the Smith campaign:
Smith in an interview with the Argus Leader Wednesday confirmed his campaign purchased the rights to the website the prior day before redirecting visitors to DefendTitleIXNow.com to his official campaign website.
“We felt that this domain is just another example of how it’s all about national politics for Kristi Noem,” said the 51-year-old currently serving as minority leader in the South Dakota State House. “It’s another example of a problem that was imported to our state from the national level instead of focusing on the tough issues we need to solve here in South Dakota” [Joe Sneve, “Gov. Kristi Noem’s Challenger Hijacks Website Launched to ‘Defend Title IX’ Amid Transgender Sports Debate,” Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 2022.06.09].
Three days after Smith’s clever acquisition, Governor Noem’s official state press release still points to the link that now promotes Smith’s Democratic campaign to take her job. Noem is away today campaigning in Orange County, California, but hey, Team Noem, when the boss gets back, you might want to remind her that SDCL 12-27-20 forbids the use of public funds to promote a candidate. By posting a link to Jamie Smith’s campaign website on the state server, which is maintained by the expenditure of public dollars, Governor Noem is technically violating the law to help her opponent.