DC Dakotans group forms to raise money, and fight Marriage Amendment
A group in Washington DC calling itself "DC Dakotans" has formed and is raising money to defeat Amendment C on the 2006 South Dakota Ballot. Aside from Jon Hoadley of South Dakotans against Discrimination, it also includes notable South Dakota politico Steve Hildebrand, and Ross Buntrock who was in the same fraternity as I was during our time at SDSU.
They're hosting a fundraiser at $35 to $200 a head tomorrow in their quest to defeat Amendment C. I have to recognize that this group has been organizing and doing their work as they prepare to go to war on this issue.
DC Dakotans also has a website under construction at http://www.dcdakotans.com as you can see below.
On the other side of things, I'm told that the South Dakota Family Policy Council is taking the lead on promoting the measure, but since they're just starting, it doesn't seem that they've built up a lot of steam at this point.
I'd attribute it to the fact that South Dakota is standing as the battleground state on abortion this year, and many of the ground troops are involved on that front.
But there's still a lot of time left before the election, and the winds can change at a moment's notice. Even the South Dakotans Against Discrimination group recognizes that the polling stands at 49% at the moment. They note that "49% of voters are not fooled."
That puts them in a close position to the 51% who either support the amendment or are undecided and while they've been working hard to defeat the issue, the other side is only starting.