Adelstein who currently runs 3 PAC’s, sends letter from his PAC criticizing Kristi Noem for taking PAC money.

Interesting. Stan Adelstein, who is continuing his streak of supporting Democrats for Governor, sent out a letter  critical of Republican candidate for Governor Kristi Noem for taking PAC money:

But in an amazing lack of self-awareness, the letter complaining about PACs….is coming from a PAC:

And it’s coming from a man who currently funds 3 political action committees which he funnels money through (A Better South Dakota PAC, All South Dakota PAC, and now the Stan for Billie PAC). And he’s notoriously been the primary source of income for other PAC’s in the past.

In fact, Adelstein’s name is so associated with PAC’s that the mainstream media have written about it…

Like many candidates, Duniphan put a substantial amount of her own money into her campaign, providing $4,800 to it. But of the $14,925 of direct contributions from supporters this year, she received $9,000 from two political action committees that are self-financed by Sen. Stan Adelstein, R-Rapid City.


This activity is nothing new for Adelstein. He’s established many PACs through the years, routing money to candidates and other PACs and causes. He’s been the pioneer in what might be called personal or boutique PACs.

Read that here from 2010.

Many years ago now, we’d taken to referring to him with the nickname “PACaStan,” for his affinity to using personal PACs to go around campaign finance limits.

So, why does Adelstein have such a beef with Kristi Noem?  I suspect it goes back to when she first ran for office.  Back in 2006, Kristi was a new candidate for office, and a PAC funded by Stan Adelstein (or should I say an Adelstein funded PAC which funded a second PAC) named “Rapid City Action Committee” was supporting Rapid City candidates… and candidates from outside Rapid City:

Why did the PAC send Kristi money?  There was a radio program in Watertown shortly thereafter (June 6, 2006) where Adelstein called in, and PAC-splained, as I reported back when:

I’ve gotten a couple reports from the field this morning that State Senator Stan Adelstein didn’t take too kindly to being cast as the villan on KWAT’s What’s Up Program yesterday in Watertown. So this morning, The Adelstein Struck Back after yesterday’s installment of Stan Wars.

One listener e-mailed me and noted:

I was listening to the local news- top of the hour I caught the tail end of a story about Adelstein/Shoenbeck and the PAC money thing. It had Adelstein on the story talking very hot about his right to give money to people who would be his vision of a Republican, doing things the way he wants the Republican party to be (not infusing religious doctrine and forcing women to do things – or something like that, I’m paraphrasing much of this). He sounded very hot and not happy with Lee.

Another listener chimed in and also noted:

He also – in the same interview – criticizes “one church” trying to enact its theology in law.

So, in one interview, it appears that Senator Adelstein manages to confirm that:

  • Everything that Senator Schoenbeck said appeared to be true about him funding races in the district.
  • He’s spending his money on those that fit his vision of being a Republican.
  • He wants them to do things to promote the way he wants the Republican party to be.
  • To the casual listener, he seemed angry about the whole thing.
  • And he was said to throw in a little religious criticism of a church for good measure.

Read that over at SDWC Classic.

So, Adelstein was sending checks around and was demanding that these candidates do things the way he wants the Republican party to be.   But, if you look at the difference between Kristi’s record, and Adelstein’s record, she didn’t.

In fact, her record could probably be called the antithesis of Adelstein’s record.

And here we are 12 years later. The person who didn’t follow his agenda & do what he wanted is set to become South Dakota’s next Governor.  So, what’s the person who Bob Mercer referred to as “the pioneer in …. personal or boutique PACs” to do when faced with the person who didn’t do what he wanted?  Form yet another PAC, and spend his money & run against her.

Of course, the problem for Adelstein attacking her over PAC money now, and questioning “what will these PACs.. expect to receive for their donations,”  he can answer that question for himself from pure experience.

What can PACs expect to receive from Kristi for their donations?  Not a damn thing.

And that might explain why he’s back PACing once again.

“Fact Check Gnomes” activated against “False allegations being spread by Billie Sutton’s Campaign”

This clever concept grabbed my attention, because it’s a novel way to make people open their e-mail in a season when people’s e-mail boxes are inundated by political mail.

The Kristi for Governor campaign has started sending out e-mails coming from the “Fact Check gnomes” correcting claims being made by the Sutton campaign for Governor:

It’s cute enough to get people to open it. And that’s most of the battle.

(I also enjoyed the part where they noted Dakota Free Press is “an extreme, left-wing outlet,” which I think most people knew already.)

Release: Next governor to appoint two Supreme Court Justices; South Dakota needs a consistent, pro-life governor to make appointments

Next governor to appoint two Supreme Court Justices; South Dakota needs a consistent, pro-life governor to make appointments

Rapid City, SD–October 11, 2018: The next governor of South Dakota will appoint two new Supreme Court Justices.  Due to mandatory retirement laws, two South Dakota Supreme Court Justices, including the Chief Justice, will be required to retire during the next governor’s first term in office.

Now–more than ever–it is important that principled justices are appointed to our highest courts who will consistently recognize the right to life of all people, including the unborn.  To ensure these principled justices are appointed, South Dakota needs a consistent, pro-life governor.

With Justice Kavanaugh now on the U.S. Supreme Court, South Dakota Right to Life is increasingly hopeful that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and states will again be given authority to prohibit abortions. When that happens, South Dakota needs a state Supreme Court that will recognize the humanity of the unborn and uphold protections of all life.

South Dakota gubernatorial elections have real consequences.  Unlike nominations for U.S. Supreme Court justices, South Dakota has no Senate confirmation procedure.  Whoever the governor appoints will sit on the Supreme Court. When the lives of innocent children hang in the balance, South Dakota cannot take a chance on a candidate who is not consistently pro-life.

That’s why South Dakota Right to Life PAC reaffirms its endorsement of Kristi Noem for Governor and emphasizes how important it is that Kristi Noem chooses our next two Supreme Court Justices.  Because of Kristi Noem’s consistent, 100% pro-life record, South Dakota Right to Life is optimistic that she will choose new justices who will uphold state and federal constitutional principles that recognize the rights of all human life.

Release: GEAR UP Trial Lawyers Donate $11,000 to Sutton

GEAR UP Trial Lawyers Donate $11,000 to Sutton

The GEAR UP case was a tragedy in Billie Sutton’s backyard, devastating a community in his own district. Despite that, GEAR UP criminal defense attorneys padded Sutton’s campaign account with $11,000 in contributions, including $7,000 in 2017 –  the same year in which Sutton’s committee, the Government Operations and Audit Committee, was involved in the GEAR UP deliberations.

“Billie Sutton had a responsibility to uncover what happened with GEAR UP, but he chose to pad his political pocketbook instead,” said Justin Brasell, Kristi for Governor Campaign Manager. “How can anyone trust he will end corruption in Pierre when rather than fighting for accountability, Billie Sutton is funded by the criminal defense attorneys in one of the most tragic scandals in South Dakota history?”

  • $4,000 from lawyer Clint Sargent, who at the time was a criminal defense attorney for Stephanie Hubers in the GEAR UP case. (2017)

  • $3,000 from trial lawyer Clint Sargent (2018)

  • $3,000 from attorney Michael Butler, a defense attorney representing Dan Guericke (who just pleaded guilty) in the GEAR UP case (2017)

  • $1,000 from attorney Michael Butler (2018)

18 Good Reasons to vote Republican in the race for Governor. Elections have consequences.

There’s been some mention of the importance of the vote for Kristi Noem for Governor on the basis that the person who takes that seat in January will be making at least two appointments to the South Dakota State Supreme Court in their first term of office.

Those appointments are set to come due as a result of State Supreme Court Justices set to matriculate out of office due to the mandatory age limit of 70 placed upon them under South Dakota law. I spoke to one pundit about that, and they wryly noted that it could be important if you’re concerned about alienation of affection and estate matters being heard, but most are not too worried about it.

More importantly, the election matters because of other aspects of the Governor’s power of appointment. And it mattered 18 times under the supervision of Governor Daugaard:

Date of Appointment District Name Chamber Replaced Party
11/17/11 21 Kent Juhnke Senate Garnos R
11/17/11 21 Dave Scott House Juhnke R
5/13/13 16 David Anderson House Miller R
6/5/13 12 Blake Curd Senate Johnston R
8/15/13 25 Kris Langer House Hansen R
12/17/13 8 Chuck Jones Senate Olson R
1/13/14 32 Alan Solano Senate Adelstein R
6/16/14 11 Mark Willadsen House Erickson R
4/30/15 16 William Shorma Senate Lederman R
5/6/15 25 Scott Fiegen House Rave R
11/19/15 9 Wayne Steinhauer House Hickey R
11/18/16 34 David Lust House Dryden R
1/31/17 8 Marli Wiese House Wollmann R
9/2/17 10 Doug Barthel House Haggar R
12/29/17 34 Michael Diedrich House Tieszen R
8/8/18 10 Maggie Sutton Senate Netherton R
8/8/18 26B Rebecca Reimer House Schaefer R
8/8/18 32 Scyller Borglum House McPherson R

In each and every instance, Republican Governor Daugaard appointed a Republican to assume the seat.

Had the chief executive for the State of South Dakota been a Democrat, make no mistake, that would have been reflected at the time of the appointment, which could have had some significant consequences for the balance of power in the State Legislature.

The choices for Republicans this election shouldn’t be predicated solely on what ‘could’ happen with the next Governor and how they exercise the power of appointment.

But it is a good illustration of the fact that elections have consequences.

Kristi Noem for Governor stops for Today and Thursday

(You’ll have to forgive my late posting of today’s schedule – Things are a little busy around here – editor pp)

Noem in Webster, Groton, Aberdeen Thursday

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Kristi Noem will make stops in Webster, Groton, and Aberdeen on Thursday, October 11.


What: Meet Kristi Noem in Webster
When: Thursday, October 11 / 10:15AM
Where: Pereboom Cafe (13 US-12, Webster)

What: Meet Kristi Noem in Groton
When: Thursday, October 11 / 11:30AM
Where: Dairy Queen (11 E US-12, Groton)

What: Kristi Noem to Host Parent-Teacher Conference
When: Thursday, October 11 / 2:00PM
Where: Ken’s Fairway (2105 6th Avenue SE, Aberdeen)

Additional Information: All are invited, as Noem discusses her education agenda. Click here to learn more about Kristi Noem’s education plan.

Noem in Selby, Bowdle, Ipswich, Faulkton, Redfield Wednesday

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Kristi Noem will make stops in Selby, Bowdle, Ipswich, Faulkton, and Redfield on Wednesday, October 10.


What: Meet Kristi Noem in Selby
When: Wednesday, October 10 / 10:00AM
Where: Cloverleaf (3422 Main Street, Selby)

What: Meet Kristi Noem in Bowdle
When: Wednesday, October 10 / 11:00AM
Where: Drakes Place (7098 4th Avenue, Bowdle)

What: Meet Kristi Noem in Ipswich
When: Wednesday, October 10 / 12:20PM
Where: Main Street Ipswich

What: Meet Kristi Noem in Faulkton
When: Wednesday, October 10 / 1:30PM
Where: Senior Citizens Center (812 Court Street, Faulkton)

What: Meet Kristi Noem in Redfield
When: Wednesday, October 10 / 3:00PM
Where: Leo’s Good Food (602 N Main Street, Redfield)