While Janklow’s closing of his political campaign account was a look back at the past, the Argus also noted that Dusty Johnson and Mike Rounds also have considerable funds still in their campaign accounts:
Nor is it unusual for politicians to have extra money in their accounts once their time in office is over. Former Gov. Mike Rounds had more than $267,000 at the end of last year…
Former Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson had more than $58,700 in his account at the end of last year. Johnson resigned and is serving as Gov. Dennis Daugaard?s chief of staff.
Johnson says he hasn?t given a lot of thought to how he?s going to use the money. But it almost certainly will involve donating to candidates he supports or donating the money to charity.
Johnson could use the campaign contribution money if he chose to run for another office in the future. But, he said: ?I don?t have any plans to run for any office at this point. If I was going to run for office, I?d raise funds for that office.?
The funds Dusty Johnson has sitting in his campaign account are one more reason most believe he is still a very likely candidate for future office. How do you see Dusty’s political career taking shape beyond his time as Chief of Staff to Governor Daugaard?