Campaign finance reports suggest that Republican Joel Koskan, who stands accused of continually raping his daughter over several years, may have seen the end of his political career coming.
On October 4, 20 days before the pre-general filing deadline, Koskan’s treasurer, his wife Sally, filed a report showing no campaign income or expenditures. The October 4 report indicated he hadn’t touched the $2,004.11 he had left from his 2020 campaign, hadn’t received any donations, and hadn’t bought a single campaign sign. On October 25, the day after the filing deadline, Sally signed an amendment reporting $1,735 in contributions received, $2,850 spent, and $889.11 left to continue Joel’s campaign against Democratic Representative Shawn Bordeaux for the District 26 Senate seat.
Koskan’s biggest donor this year was $500 from the Convention of States PAC based in Indiana. The Mellette County Republicans, Missouri River Dentistry, South Dakota Beer Distributors Association’s Six PAC, the inscrutable “SODAK-D-PAC” each gave Koskan $250. Senator-Elect Brent Hoffman from District 9 in Sioux Falls sent Koskan $200. Another $35 came from unitemized individual donations.
Koskan reported spending $350 this year on events and $2,500 on travel.
Joel Koskan reported far more campaign fundraising and spending in his unsuccessful 2018 and 2020 campaigns against incumbent Democratic Senator Troy Heinert. 15 days before the 2018 election, Koskan had raised $11,195 and spent $8,122.93 (only $389.19 of that on travel). At the end of the 2018 campaign, Koskan raked in another $7,733.46 (including $5,113.46 of his own money) and spent another $10,805.53.
Three weeks before the 2020 election, Koskan had raised $7,105 and spent $3,372.60 (and not a penny on travel). In the last weeks of the 2020 campaign, he raised another $293.60 and spent another $2,021.89.
As of Sally’s amended filing on October 25, Joel Koskan had raised only 15% as his 2018 pre-general take and 24% of his 2020 pre-general take. This year he has spent only 35% of his 2018 pre-general expenses and 85% of his 2020 pre-general effort.
Joel Koskan didn’t appear to be putting as much stock in himself and his electoral chances against Shawn Bordeaux as he did in two previous campaign against Troy Heinert. But his Republican colleagues did. According to a supplemental report filed electronically by treasurer Sally on October 25 at 10:50 p.m., the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, run by Senator Gary Cammack of Union Center and Senator Jim Stalzer of Sioux Falls, sent Koskan $10,000. The Brule County Republicans also sent Koskan’s campaign $500—
—but holy cow!!! $10,000 from the Senate Republicans for a guy who is working less on this campaign than he did in his last two losing rodeos? And now $10,000 that will hang around the Senate Republicans’ neck as support for a guy who’s going to court Monday for child rape and incest?
Republicans have declined to drop the bomb on Koskan and demand, as the South Dakota Democratic Party has, that Koskan end his campaign. But Senators Cammack and Stalzer had better be calling Koskan and telling him to send their $10,000 back before he tries slipping it to his defense lawyer.