Jeff Broin’s brother put $10,000 into Smart Growth Sioux Falls’ campaign for a ballot initiative to block the construction of Wholestone Farms’ pork slaughterhouse downwind from Broin’s mansion and executive office. Now Jeff Broin’s company, Poet Ethanol, has put more 100 times that amount into the campaign to save Jeff from the smell of money:
Poet’s $1,080,950 comes on top of $25,000 Poet donated earlier in the campaign.
The total $1,105,950 from Broin’s ethanol company constitutes 86.6% of the money SGSF has reported raising and 88.7% of the money SGSF has reported spending. Poet’s seven-figure contribution to public intervention in the free market is 2.3 times more than all the money other members of the ag-industrial complex have contributed to the opposing municipal ballot question committee, Sioux Falls Open for Business, to turn Broin’s neighborhood into another porky stinkhole.