Scary things pop into my inbox every now and then. Among the scariest is this reminder from the Secretary of State to file my campaign finance report by January 27, 2022.
The typo isn’t mine (though when I type dates for my citations, my left middle finger does keep twitching to repeat the 2 instead of yielding to the index finger’s reach for the 3). And no, my and everyone else’s year-end reports aren’t a whole year overdue. The Secretary of State’s emailer is stuck in the time warp. They have the day right—year-end campaign finance reports for 2022 are due January 27, the last Friday of this month, two Fridays from now. But Monae Johnson‘s office is again demonstrating its inattention to detail by letting this reminder go out twice (they sent a similar reminder on January 3) with the wrong year.
Just as scary as the state election office’s inattention to detail is the signature line of the inattentive sender:
Logan Manhart, breaker of election law, now Federal and State Elections Coordinator, telling me and every other fundraising politician involved in South Dakota campaigns to comply with election law. That frightful fact makes me wish it were still January 2022 so we could redo history and make sure neither of these incompetent menaces makes it int the Secretary of State’s office.
I’ve filed my year-end report. Fellow treasurers, make sure you do, too… not that anyone in Pierre will be paying attention to the details.
If you have any trouble filling out your campaign finance forms, be sure to watch this GoToMeeting video tutorial, helpfully created by the last competent Secretary of State’s office in 2020.