- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Latest on the release of campaign finance reports in South Dakota (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

A political organization working to defeat a constitutional amendment that would remove candidates’ party affiliations from primary and general election ballots is far behind measure supporters in fundraising.

State campaign finance reports filed Friday show that No on Amendment V brought in roughly $143,000 in cash and in-kind contributions through Oct. 28.

A group supporting Constitutional Amendment V has taken in roughly $1.2 million in contributions.

The amendment would establish a nonpartisan primary that would send the top vote-getters to the general election; it wouldn’t apply to presidential races.

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7:30 p.m.

A group fighting against a ballot measure that would let South Dakota voters earmark public money for political candidates has taken in nearly $650,000, less than half of what supporters have raised.

State campaign finance reports filed Friday show that the group working to defeat Initiated Measure 22 received over $625,000 in cash and in-kind contributions from Americans for Prosperity, a conservative think-tank backed by the billionaire philanthropist Koch brothers, David and Charles.

Supporters of the ballot measure raised roughly $1.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions during the campaign finance disclosure period, which covers May 24 through Oct. 24.

The measure would allow voters to tap a state fund to send two $50 credits to participating political candidates, tighten campaign finance and lobbying laws and create an ethics commission.

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6:40 p.m.

A group backing a constitutional amendment that would remove candidates’ party affiliations from primary and general election ballots has taken in roughly $1.2 million in contributions.

State campaign finance reports filed Friday show that the group, which has about $650,000 in the bank, received roughly $820,000 in cash from the New York nonprofit Open Primaries. The nonprofit also provided in-kind contributions.

Constitutional Amendment V would establish a nonpartisan primary that would send the top vote-getters to the general election; it wouldn’t apply to presidential races. Foes of the measure haven’t yet filed their campaign finance report.

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5:10 p.m.

Foes of a labor-backed ballot measure that would allow unions to charge fees to nonmembers have raised over $290,000 since late May.

State campaign finance reports filed Friday show No on 23 raised over $146,000, while South Dakotans for Freedom and Jobs raised a similar amount.

The disclosure period covers May 24 through Oct. 24, and Election Day is Nov. 8. No on 23 had nearly $13,000 in the bank at the end of the reporting period.

Opponents say Initiated Measure 23 is designed to allow unions to circumvent South Dakota’s right-to-work law. Advocates say the measure would fix unfairness in state law because it would require that non-members pay for union services that benefit them.

Supporters of the measure brought in more than $620,000 during the same timeframe.

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4:50 p.m.

Supporters of a ballot measure that would incorporate crime victims’ rights provisions into the state constitution have received roughly $1.2 million since late May.

State campaign finance reports filed Friday show that Marsy’s Law for South Dakota LLC spent over $900,000 on advertising and ended the reporting period with more than $300,000 in the bank.

The disclosure period covers May 24 through Oct. 24, and Election Day is Nov. 8.

The amendment is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Her brother, Henry Nicholas, is bankrolling an effort to expand it into more states. He was the South Dakota group’s sole contributor.

The measure would establish constitutional rights for crime victims including privacy, protection from harassment or abuse, and timely notice of trial, sentencing and post-judgment proceedings.

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4:25 p.m.

A group backing a ballot measure that would let South Dakota voters earmark public money for political candidates has raised roughly $1.3 million since late May.

State campaign finance reports filed Friday show that South Dakotans for Integrity had over $425,000 cash on hand. Election Day is Nov. 8.

The disclosure period covers May 24 through Oct. 24, and the report includes cash and in-kind contributions. The group took in roughly $664,000 from individuals and nearly $690,000 in cash and in-kind contributions from Represent.Us, an organization working to reduce the influence of money in politics.

Initiated Measure 22 would allow voters to tap a state fund to send two $50 credits to participating political candidates, tighten campaign finance and lobbying laws, and create an ethics commission.

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3:50 p.m.

A group opposing a labor-backed ballot measure that would allow unions to charge fees to nonmembers has taken in over $146,000 since late May.

State campaign finance reports filed Friday show that South Dakotans for Freedom and Jobs spent more than $105,000 on advertising. The group had about $400 in the bank.

The disclosure period covers May 24 through Oct. 24. Nearly all of the group’s funding came from the Virginia-based National Right to Work Committee.

Opponents say Initiated Measure 23 is designed to allow unions to circumvent South Dakota’s right-to-work law. Advocates say the measure would fix unfairness in state law because it would require that non-members pay for union services that benefit them.

Supporters of the measure brought in more than $620,000 during the same period.

Election Day is Nov. 8.

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2:30 p.m.

State campaign finance reports show that supporters of an independent redistricting amendment have brought in over $250,000 in contributions since late May.

The report filed Friday shows a committee supporting Constitutional Amendment T spent almost everything it raised, leaving about $1,500 on hand. Over $80,000 went to advertising.

The disclosure period covers May 24 through Oct. 24, and the report includes cash and in-kind contributions.

The amendment would create a commission of nine people chosen each redistricting year to revise the state’s legislative districts. Right now, the Legislature sets the boundaries.

Supporters say the plan would eliminate lawmakers’ conflict of interest and make people feel elections are fair to all parties.

Opponents - including Republicans - say the current system is working fine and the push is intended to help Democrats.

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10:10 a.m.

New state campaign finance reports show that supporters of a labor-backed ballot measure that would allow unions to charge fees to nonmembers have brought in more than $620,000 since late May.

The report filed Friday shows ballot question committee South Dakotans for Fairness spent nearly all it raised, including nearly $400,000 on advertising. The disclosure period covers May 24 through Oct. 24.

Supporter Jason George is special projects director at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49. He says backers face a challenge because of South Dakota’s history of bashing unions.

The group’s sole reported financier was Illinois-based Americans for Fairness. Director Marc Poulos says the fundamental issue at stake is fairness for the middle class.

Two groups opposing Initiated Measure 23 haven’t yet filed their campaign finance reports.


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