- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland says he plans to ask two national political action committees that have spent nearly $2 million in South Dakota to stop promoting his candidacy, but Republicans say they just see a campaign tactic.

Weiland, South Dakota’s Democratic hopeful, told the Rapid City Journal that he will ask MayDay PAC and Every Voice Action “to get out of this campaign.” The two super PACs have said they will spend about $1.75 million on commercials supporting Weiland’s campaign against former Republican Gov. Mike Rounds and former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler, who’s running as an independent.

Weiland has run on his message that big-money donors have no place in politics, but he’s been criticized for the money the PACs are spending to get him elected.

The two Super PACs say they’re supporting Weiland because he has promised to sponsor a constitutional amendment limiting campaign spending.

“I haven’t (asked them to leave), probably because I don’t think they would give 2 cents about what I want,” he told the newspaper.

Dick Wadham, a strategist with the South Dakota Republican Party, told the Associated Press that Weiland’s promise to ask the groups to leave isn’t genuine. Wadham said candidates have no control over PACs and Weiland is asking only to please voters.

“He has always known that groups cannot be stopped from airing ads,” he said. “He wants the groups’ money, but he’s publicly calling for them to leave because he knows they won’t leave.”

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