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:
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.