Darned if I do, Darned if I don't.
Tardiness at the Secretary of State's office and why am I getting chewed on for it?
PP- Perhaps a report on some averages spent for the primaries held- statewide?
And knowing I had a post I was working on, I replied:
That would be a good idea as soon as everyone gets their reports in. last I knew, there were 40+ tardy.
And then it went downhill from there. Immediately, I got a reply back upbraiding me for not having the people drawn and quartered:
40+ tardy? Where is the outrage from the Lance Russell group? These reckless lawbreakers need to be stopped!
PP, why aren't you righting a post on this? You jumped all over Fuller when it might help your buddy...did you forget?
Which caused me to remind Mr. Anonymous of one fact in the matter on why I was not "righting" a post:
No, I haven't forgotten. Are you not noticing that I'm bringing it up?
On occasion, I do require food and sleep, and this week I have to provide child care.
Yes, I was the one who made note of it. And I'm being damned for pointing it out. And damn me for sleeping last night. And it continued:
Anonymous said...*Sigh*. Like I said, I need a few minutes in the day to eat, sleep, bathe, work, and on occasions such as this week, I get a rare opportunity spend extended time with my kids, which is why I don't post much on the weekends. Today, I've got to get a promised t-shirt mailed out to Dana Randall as well. I don't just sit in front of the computer all the live-long day.
Yes, PP, but you made light of fuller's failure to file. Implying that if he can't do that on time, follow the LAW, then...
Now we have over 40 late filers and nobody is raising a stink or even seems to care for that matter. Were is the self-rightous indignation? Hypocrites or opportunists, I just can't decide.
So, yes, there are times when I might not jump all over people and issues as quickly as some might want.
But back to the topic at hand. Tardiness at the Secretary of State's office. Seth Tupper at the Mitchell Daily Republic had a great article on it yesterday, and I wanted to make sure everyone saw it, as it's political, and topical:
Forty percent of South Dakota’s legislative primary candidates failed to file mandatory campaign finance reports on time this week, and the other 60 percent reported spending an average of about $9,000 on their campaigns.Read it all here. Yes, all you naughty late filers out there - bad candidates. Bad, bad candidates. In this instance, I can't get to cranked up, as I don't have the facts. And the Secretary of State noting that "some of the non-filers have attempted to file, but problems with their reports prevented their acceptance," I would consider a mitigating factor.
The reports, which list the fund-raising and spending for last month’s primary election, were due in the secretary of state’s office Monday. Of the 73 candidates who ran in the legislative primaries, only 44 had filed reports as of Thursday morning.
The remaining 29 non-filers, of which 21 are Democrats and eight are Republicans, will receive reminders from the secretary of state. If they still do not file, their names will be forwarded to the state attorney general. Failure to file a mandatory campaign finance report is a misdemeanor offense, and charges may be filed at the attorney general’s discretion.
Secretary of State Chris Nelson said legal action is usually avoided.
“Typically, the AG works with the folks to get filed as quickly as possible, as opposed to prosecuting,” Nelson said.
Nelson said some of the non-filers have attempted to file, but problems with their reports prevented their acceptance.
Among the candidates who filed reports, the average campaign expenditures were $9,081.44. The sum of expenditures on all 44 reports was $399,583.18.
Perhaps the most financially effective campaign was run by Jerry Bloomer, a Democrat from Hot Springs who was one of two winners in his state House primary. According to his report, he raised nothing and spent nothing.
So, go read the article yourself, and make your own judgement. As to my being interrogated as to "were (sic) is the righteous indignation?" Well, it tends to blunt it when I'm getting my ass chewed for diapering my kid instead of blogging. That, and the Fuller thing was an article in the Rapid City Journal and not something I came up with all on my lonesome.
Don't worry. Take heart - I'm monitoring this thing closely. Especially one filing in particular where I'm still waiting for a response from the Secretary of State's office.
And there will be enough righteous indignation to go around for everyone.