Out-of-State, Dark Money Group Drafted Amendment V
Fort Pierre, SD – October 11, 2016 — Amendment V, the constitutional amendment that would hide party labels from South Dakota voters, was drafted by big money interests from out-of-state.
Rick Weiland, Chairman of Yes on V Ballot Committee and longtime Democratic Party Boss, admitted in a recent interview that his “national partners” wrote parts of the ballot measures he is pushing.
“Not only are outside, dark money groups trying to buy South Dakota elections, but Mr. Weiland has invited them in to re-write our Constitution,” said Will Mortenson, Chair of South Dakotans Against V.
In a recent Rapid City Journal interview with reporter Seth Tupper, Mr. Weiland remarked that not only did out-of-state groups pay for the petition drives to get the measures on the ballot, but they lent the “expertise to help write what we ended up submitting.”
The out-of-state group affiliated with Amendment V is Open Primaries, a dark money organization headquartered in New York, NY. Open Primaries accounts for more than 70% of the total contributions to Yes on V and was recently caught violating a campaign finance law by using Amendment V to raise money. Open Primaries has since taken down the website used in the violation.
“South Dakotans should be governing South Dakota. Amendment V was drafted by out-of-staters, funded by out-of-staters, and puts California’s election system in our constitution. Let’s vote No and send this bad idea back out of our state,” Mortenson added.
Yes on V has raised 76% of its funds from out-of-state and 92% of its funds come from dark money organizations that do not disclose their donors.