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Noem’s Money Mostly from Elsewhere; Smith Powered Mostly by South Dakota Dollars

As Kristi Noem brings out-of-state political celebs to campaign for her in Sioux Falls, John Hult of South Dakota Searchlight notes that Noem continues to be mostly funded by out-of-state donors:

Around 80% of the individual donor addresses listed on Gov. Kristi Noem’s most recent campaign finance filing are out-of-state, according to an analysis of public records by South Dakota Searchlight.

The tally of out-of-state addresses listed in Democratic challenger Jamie Smith’s records was 5% [John Hult, “Analysis: 80% of Noem’s Reported Individual Donations Are from Out-of-State,” South Dakota Searchlight, 2022.10.27].

Hult puts the out-of-state attention our gubernatorial candidates get (and give!) in stunning visual perspective with these bubble graphs showing the relative size of Noem’s and Smith’s donor pools from each state:

Hult, 2022.10.27.
Hult, 2022.10.27.
Hult, 2022.10.27.
Hult, 2022.10.27.

Still not materializing in the campaign finance reports is any support for the wild claim Noem made early in October that Smith was receiving $10 million from the “national Democratic establishment“. Smith listed no out-of-state PAC contributions as of October 24; since then, he has reported $2,500 from the D.C.-based OB-GYN PAC and $5,000 from the Blaine, Minnesota-based Teamsters Local 120 PAC.

Hult doesn’t mention Libertarian Tracey Quint’s gubernatorial campaign fundraising, because the single individual itemized contribution from a Sioux Falls donor of $293.32, the single entity contribution from the Tea Pizza Ranch of $281.41, and the unitemized pocket change of $327 show a complete failure of the Libertarians to mount a noteworthy statewide campaign in a year when they could make headway against a plastic pageant queen more interested in chasing out-of-state money and celebrity than genuine conservative principles.


  1. Richard Schriever 2022-11-01 08:32

    Note: Teamsters local 120 represents it members in multiple states, including N and S Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. It may be an out of state business office – but local 120 members are in state voters.

  2. DaveFN 2022-11-01 10:51

    Would like to see those visuals normed for dollars per each donor state, not merely for number of addresses.

  3. Pat mcdonald 2022-11-01 14:50

    Just goes to show that SD is for sale just ask kristi

  4. Arlo Blundt 2022-11-01 15:36

    Yes, South Dakota is for sale. More so, South Dakota is a secondary consideration to our Governor as she is much more focused on her national campaign. She wants to be a national player. She brings nothing to the national arena. Her campaign(s) are literally ego trips.

  5. grudznick 2022-11-01 17:11

    Just like with the heinous measure initiated as number 21, out of state money is bad. It is very bad. And with all constitutional amendments, they are all bad. All very bad.

  6. V 2022-11-01 18:08

    Excellent graphics that should be used in current social studies class. The assignment for students would be to take the same information and create cartograms.

  7. scott 2022-11-01 18:22

    This clearly shows what Noem is up to. She cares more about herself and her brand/image, and could care less about the people of SD. This has been apparent since late April 2020, when Noem realized she could make a political issue with Covid 19.

  8. grudznick 2022-11-01 19:12

    Ms. Noem is on a telephone town hall RIGHT NOW talking about her new paid family leave for free time off for people all over the state. And of course the sales tax on the food and cheetos. grudznick is against both. Stop giving people things for free, Governor Noem. You are turning into a libbie.

  9. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-11-01 19:14

    Succint and true, scott. She has no talent, education, integrity, intelligence, or “truthiness” (GWBush.)
    Just naked Trump ambition. It’ll work for her because SD voters are stupid.

  10. O 2022-11-01 19:22

    grudznick — let us know when she gets to the part of telling about things she has ACTUALLY accomplished!

  11. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-11-01 19:33

    Good point, Richard! Hult and I both are just scanning state abbreviations and ZIP codes, not looking at the actual membership of the PACs and other orgs donating to the candidates.

  12. Observer 2022-11-01 20:12

    Noem is a libbie only until election day – remember the “Open, Tranparent Government” promise?

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