After the Amendment V press release this morning pointing out that potentially illegal donations have been made to promote the ballot measure which would hide party labels on the ballot, Yes on V spokesman Rick Knobe is out calling the call to return the illegal donations “A dirty trick”
Mortenson called on Yes on V to return money that it received from the two groups, which aren’t required to disclose their donors.
“The supporters of Amendment V must immediately return the illegal contributions obtained from dark money corporations that have no regard for South Dakota law,” he said in a statement.
Rick Knobe, the chairman of Vote Yes on V responded with a statement accusing the state’s political establishment of playing “dirty tricks” in making the allegation. The South Dakota Republican Party opposes Amendment V.
“Campaign finance laws exist to protect South Dakota elections from just this type of hidden, out-of-state influence, Mortenson said. “Yes on V should give back every cent it received from TakeItBack.org and Open Primaries and apologize to the people of South Dakota for its disregard of our campaign finance laws.”
So, the chairman of the No on V Committee calls the allegation a dirty trick, and rails on against the Republican party… But one thing I notice is that he didn’t deny that it happened. He didn’t say, No, we didn’t take illegal money. He just called making the allegation “dirty tricks” without addressing their substance.
This bad news for Knobe couldn’t come at a worse time.
Why? Because Nielsen ratings recently came in for Spring 2016. And it isn’t looking good for KSOO Radio, who came in last place among listeners in the Sioux Falls Metro area:
(There was one with fewer listeners, but most people don’t consider Yankton Based WNAX as a member of the Sioux Falls Metro area.)
Knobe’s station was 2000 listeners off of first place for persons 12 and older from 6am to 12 Midnight, with an average rating of .1, a weekly cumulative rating of 4.7 and an average share of 1.3%
I can’t imagine that Knobe’s attachment to a ballot measure designed to hide party affiliation, and disenfranchise independent candidates from the fall general election has helped attract badly needed listeners to what was once a flagship station in the Sioux Falls media market.
Getting beat up in the press, while his station is getting beat up in the ratings. It’s just not Rick Knobe’s day.