While Governor Daugaard and several legislators are focused on (and railing about) the public financing portion of the measure, they have also chosen to demonize the portions of the measure that were important to voters: the ethics commission and campaign finance and lobbying portions. This measure was initiated because the legislature did not do its job. In spite of South Dakota being ranked as one of the most corrupt states and in spite of the EB-5 and Gear Up scandals, no ethics, or campaign financing, or lobbying legislation was passed or even deemed necessary by the legislature. In short, since the politicians – the people’s employees – ignored or minimized the concerns of the people, the people acted.
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