AG Long and Roger Hunt are going toe to toe on the $750,000 donation to Yes on 6
Today in the Rapid City Journal, the Associated Press has the tale of how Attorney General Larry Long believes Roger violated campaign finance laws in not disclosing the name of the donor. Of course, Roger disagrees:
State Rep. Roger Hunt, R-Brandon, violated campaign finance laws by not identifying the person who gave $750,000 to a group supporting the recently defeated abortion ban, Attorney General Larry Long said.
Long said in a story in Sunday's Argus Leader that he is investigating his options but would not say what step he will take next.
"That disagreement is going to have to be resolved," Long told the Sioux Falls newspaper.
Long could negotiate with Hunt, prosecute him for failing to comply with campaign finance laws or ask a judge to decide whether he must identify the donor. Failure to comply with campaign finance laws is a misdemeanor punishable by as much as 30 days in jail and a $200 fine.
State Sen. Tom Dempster, R-Sioux Falls, and Sen. Scott Heidempriem, D-Sioux Falls, said Hunt should reveal the donor.
"Roger has an obligation to disclose that information, and I think it's embarrassing that he hasn't done it," Heidempriem, the state Senate's Democratic leader, said.
Hunt did not talk at length about the donation but said he is following state laws and will stand his ground.
He questions whether a corporation, which is legally considered a person, meets the definition of a ballot question committee.
Read it all here. And that's a good question - how does a corporation fit into this? Depending on your point of view, either it was a master stroke of maneuvering, or such a blatant dodge of the laws that the AG can't allow it to stand.I'm just going to stand back now. Please keep it civil.