Dale Hargens seems to have a slight case of Pot/Kettle blackness.
The Democratic leader in the South Dakota House says lawmakers should discuss whether state Rep. Roger Hunt should be reprimanded.
At issue: Hunt, a Brandon Republican, failed to identify the person who gave $750,00 to a corporation that contributed it to the unsuccessful abortion ban.
House leader Dale Hargens of Miller said earlier this week he intended to challenge whether Hunt should be able to serve as a state representative next session.
On Friday, though, he said he doesn't think he can do that legally."It looks like here's no way I can stop him from being seated," Hargens said. "But at the very least, he ought to be censured in some way for the campaign report."
Hargens said he is investigating ways to introduce the issue.
Hunt, who is a lawyer, has said he thinks he has met the requirements of the campaign finance laws. He said he thinks he has filed more information than
Read it all here. Good for Dale for standing up for what he believes is right. Seeking justice for a wrong (whether it exists or not) is an admirable trait. I hope he goes after all improper filers.
As for his next target in righting wrongs? He'd better look in the mirror for his next target for censure.
What? This expert on campaign finance reporting fudged something himself? No! Say it ain't so, Joe. (Or Dale). Yes, if improper campaign filing was skunk scent, then people wouldn't hang around Dale either.
At issue is the campaign filing required of all candidates for the legislature, due within 15 days of filing petitions - The Statement of Financial Interest.
If you do a search on the Secretary of State's website, Dale just filed his. Except, that form wasn't due in December. According to SDCL 12-25-28 it was due 15 days from when he filed his petitions. I'll go verify this for sure, but at the latest, it was due about the end of April.
But here it is, showing up in December. Bad Dale. Bad, bad Dale. What were you trying to hide?
What do I see as the best part? The violation of this law is actually codified as a crime:
12-25-28. Statements of financial interest by candidates for state or federal office subject to primary--Violation as petty offense--Intentional violation as misdemeanor. All candidates for the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, Governor, circuit court judge, and the State Legislature shall file a statement of financial interest with the secretary of state within fifteen days after filing nominating petitions. A Supreme Court justice shall file a statement of financial interest with the secretary of state within fifteen days of notifying the secretary of state of his intention to place his name on the retention ballot. A violation of this section is a petty offense. An intentional violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
So, since Dale clearly exhibits a superior knowledge of the State's campaign finance laws, this filing made about 7 months late - preventing anyone from determining a conflict of interest before the election - couldn't be construed as anything other than intentional, making it a class 2 misdemeanor.
So when the legislature is lining up people to consider not seating them because of campaign finance violations, I hope Dale walks to the head of the line to take his medicine.
He is the moral authority in this matter, you know.