Mike Rounds and Peter Norbeck PAC

Mike Rounds/Peter Norbeck

The Argus Leader’s Johnathon Ellis is reporting on his blog that former Governor Mike Rounds appears to be getting back in the game of politics with his new PAC, interestingly titled “Peter Norbeck PAC.”

Rounds, who is listed as both chair and treasurer, says he intends to use the PAC to fund candidates who share Norbeck?s vision of limited but good government. He expects to fund, primarily, legislative candidates, and also constitutional candidates. He noted that with decisive Republican victories in
the last election, the GOP will have a lot of seats to defend, and he wants to help.

Rounds finished the year with more than $267,000 in his own gubernatorial campaign finance account. He said he expects to use some of that as seed money for the Peter Norbeck PAC.

Here is a brief history of Peter Norbeck and his political career.

Norbeck became one of South Dakota?s most successful politicians. He was never defeated in an election, and he served in every high state office, including both governor and senator.

I wonder if using the name of a former SD Governor who later went on to become a US Senator is a subtle indication there is something more to come from the former Governor?

Either way, Rounds’ help is very welcome to Republicans hoping to hold such strong majorities.

33 Replies to “Mike Rounds and Peter Norbeck PAC”

  1. anon

    He is absolutely running for Senate.

    His plans could really alter people like Dusty Johnson’s future who are set on running for an open congressional seat in ’14.

    My main hope is that the GOP holds all three federal seats in SD. Senator Thune, Senator Rounds and Congresswoman Noem sounds good to me!

  2. Anonymous

    How can Rounds even come within 100 feet of the name Peter Norbeck? Rounds’ main accomplishment as governor was building himself a new governor’s mansion.

    1. Wing Shooter

      Most SD historians would tell you Norbeck was an average governor whose most lasting and important accomplishments came after he served in Pierre.

      Interesting you brought up Rounds building the Gov’s mansion, because Norbeck built Vahalla. They’re a lot closer than 100 feet. The best is yet to come and I think we may see history repeat itself.

      Go Mike!

      1. Anonymous

        I wouldn’t call Rounds an average governor. He was a caretaker governor with no ideas who grew government and used federal money and one-time receipts to cover up his spendthrift ways.

  3. Jerk Store

    Herseth-Sandlin challenging noem concerns me. And noem isn’t turning out to be all that conservative. I think noem is also a liability against SHS or a strong dem if it isn’t a wave year for the gop.

  4. Anonymous

    I think it is a shame that Gov Rounds is even using the name of one of our greatest Governors and Visionaries of this great state. I hope he is not doing this to compare himself to Peter Norbeck. Mike didn?t have any good ideas, let alone great ideas, he was a caretaker for SD and look what kind of job he did, $130 million in debt.

  5. ANON

    85% approval rating when he left office….the 3 of you on here complaining about him must be part of that 15% 🙂

    as for the Mansion lets all remember it was built by donations, no state monies.

    balanced budget EVERY YEAR he was in office, yes including when he left. if you remember he offered his strategy to balance the budget last year but the Daugaard Administration took a different route.

  6. The Truth

    Rounds (with significant resources & fundraising ability) helping republican candidates is great news.

    If/when he runs for senate, this effort several years out, is very smart.

    Nice move.

  7. CaveMan

    Yup. Daugaard took a different route. He ended eight years of structural deficits.

    Anon 5:20 would you please lay out for all us dummies what that plan was offered to the new Gov?

    1. Anonymous

      I’m curious what u think of noem and the legislature extending session until they knew how much federal stimulus money they would get?

      I would have rather seen us use reserves than contribute to the federal deficit.

  8. Anonymous

    My opinion is that Daugaard got 50%+ in the gop primary despite a small minority of people not wanting a rounds 2 term and despite their opinions Daugaard tom cuised to victory.

    Rounds is very popular in SD outside of the activist base. And noem is falling plenty short of that fringe delusion also. Noem will be more popular the more reasonable she seems. The problem for her is the wingers never expected rounds to meet their ideals like they expect noem to.

    We’ll see how not living up to expectations affects noems primary support.

    Thune is the only one that can get away with straying from the base in SD. Trust me. We vote for thune because we all know him and like him.

  9. CaveMan

    Anon this is old news but we either took the money or it went to another state forcing us to pay for stimulus dollars sent to another state. Consider it a forced and level playing field we were drawn into. Change the rules or allow SD to stipulate spending authority and it all would have played out much differently.

        1. iBlog

          Noem on the other hand wanted to take the stimulus money which she slammed SHS on (essentially putting off actually balancing the budget to the next legislature), voted to raise spending or taxes in the legislature at least 5-6 times. Was the beneficiary of almost $3 million dollars in federal farm subsidies (though she is against federal handouts), she voted to raise the debt ceiling with this stupid super committee (didn?t SHS vote to raise the debt ceiling also?), is against a school voucher program in South Dakota, talks a lot about running her moms restaurant (how long was that?), owned a hunting lodge (how successful was it?). Is anti SHS having a husband who benefits from her work but it?s ok for Noem?s husband to profit from Noem supporting crop insurance subsidies.

  10. anon

    I’m indifferent to which one gets the nomination. I don’t have a lot of faith in either.

    I’d rather Rounds stayed in insurance and Noem went back to pretending to ranch.

    It’s already time for somebody new.

  11. Duh

    iBlog: There’s no such thing as crop insurance subsidies. Crop insurance is something the farmer pays for to insure against crop losses from natural disasters. Subsidies are given to the farmer to either take crops out of production or to keep them in production. If you base your judgment of Noem’s worth on her taking legal governmental programs and being a good steward of the land and a good business person, then that’s your decision. This is an agricultural state, and she’s being paid to watch out for our interests. Virtually everything we have is subsidized, roads, energy, milk, construction projects and yes crops. You want a $5 loaf of bread, have at it.

  12. lrads1

    Talk about facts: The annual federal government subsidy to crop insurance is more than half again the premium the farmer pays, and several billion dollars per year, depending on which year you pick. Any self respecting Republican ought to gag at the government subsidy shown plainly on most crop insurance premium statements.
    Lot of places to confirm this: here?s one: http://hagstromreport.com/news_files/020411_insurance.html
    Because two major farm organizations (Farm Bureau and Farmers Union), pretty much pay their bills with crop insurance sales commissions, neither one is stepping up to the plate on telling the truth about this privatized subsidized gravy train.

  13. Government subsidizes crop insurance

    Thanks to the government’s generous crop insurance subsidies ? crop insurance companies received $3.8 billion last year from the government while posting a profit of 26.4% ? farmers are defying Mother Nature and planting crops that otherwise wouldn’t pay.

    On the surface, the concept of government support sounds great: They help keep the business of crop insurance profitable so we farmers can easily reduce our risk. After all, in such a high-risk business as ours, how many of us could farm without insurance?

    But here’s where it gets turned on its head. Subsidizing a risk management tool only results in one thing: taking on more risk. If the penalty for failure is reduced or eliminated, what’s the point of making conservative or smart decisions?

    In the age of ObamaCare and massive government spending, we ought to be looking harder at how these dollars are being spent. But I doubt farmers are willing to let these subsidies go quietly.


  14. not ready

    Dusty Johnson is not ready to run for congress yet…he’s already being boxed out of some his duties in the governor’s office…and you think he’s going to be able to win a heavily contested primary?

    1. insomniac

      It’s hard for me to see how Rounds doesn’t intimidate SHS and force her to seriously think twice about running against him.

      I would place Rounds as a 10 point favorite in the general.

      Nothing against Noem but Rounds would be a stronger general election candidate. Noem – might – be a stronger primary candidate but as she moves more and more towards the establishment and away from her base that got her through the primary in ’10 it’s hard to know for sure how strong the enthusiasm remains.

      Personally I believe a Noem/SHS matchup would be 50/50.
      and Rounds/SHS would be 55/45. And I hold the opinion that if Rounds ran for Senate SHS likely wouldn’t even get in the race.

      A Rounds candidacy removes the passion the democrats crave in a Noem/SHS rematch. The democrats would be the equivalent of a deflated baloon in a race against Rounds.

    2. Name

      Chuckle. Not true. Dusty’s influence had grown. Name a single project or task he has been boxed out of in the last few months. You can’t.

  15. Anonymous

    Dusty Johnson has no political future. He traded it for a 6 figure salary with Daugaard, who will advance the career of his patron Mike Rounds over Dusty. Dusty is owned now, a cog in the Rounds/Daugaard/Rounds perpetual motion machine. Even Tonnis Venhuizen is now in line ahead of Dusty. But the 6 figure salary isn’t too bad a consolation prize for giving up your dreams and watching time pass you by … or is it? Dusty’s only hope for a political future is that someone trips over their richard.

    1. Name

      1. What’s money got to do with it? He was making $95k at PUC and is making $105k now. I don’t think that was a big factor for him. At least two outfits have been rumored to have offered him a lot more money than that in the last couple years.
      2. Are Rounds and Daugaard of the same machine? From budget cuts to Valhalla to invite lists to personnel moves to travel to brand board to veterans department to indian compacts, those two guys seemed to have had a pretty different approach to things. I don’t think they’re close.

      1. anon

        I’m guessing they are close in the sense that they both like each other and that there wouldn’t be a Governor Daugaard if there hadn’t been a Governor Rounds.

        Do I think they hang out? No. But my money says they are good friends with different governing styles.

        My money says if there is a need to appoint someone to a Senate seat in the next few years Daugaard’s first call would be M. Michael Rounds.

        And as for the Dusty thing yes I personally do believe it hurt Dusty to leave the PUC. But Dusty is strong enough to still be viable for any office in SD. He shouldn’t have quit PUC like he did and that is his chink in his armour – it used to be that he looked young.

        And the other thought about Rounds is that Daugaard got 50% of the vote in a GOP primary of 2010. That was one of the most conservative cycles we have seen and voters didn’t know what to expect from Daugaard. Rounds is popular but he is low key.


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