SDGOP calls on Democrat Billie Sutton, other Democrats to provide full campaign finance disclosure

February 7th, 2018

South Dakota Republican Party calls on Democrat Billie Sutton, other Democrats to provide full disclosure on campaign finance reporting

South Dakota Republican Party Chairman Dan Lederman today called on Democrat candidate for Governor Billie Sutton to provide full disclosure to South Dakota voters of who exactly is funding his campaign in light of a recent decision from the Secretary of State that campaign fund bundling organization ActBlue is not actually a Political Action Committee.

"The Secretary of State's office notified the out of state campaign bundler ActBlue that they are not a Political Action Committee for reporting purposes," Lederman said.  "As a result, they are terminating the ActBlue PAC, and requiring that contributions be recorded correctly."

Lederman continued, "In his most recent campaign finance report filed about two weeks ago, Democrat for Governor Billie Sutton reported that he collected over $184,000 in donations through ActBlue, without reporting the original source of the funds. According to the Secretary of State, they're not a PAC, so Sutton should have reported each donation over $100 individually, instead of hiding it behind ActBlue as the single donor."

"The South Dakota Republican Party is requesting that the Secretary of State enforce their decision on not just Democrat candidate for Governor Billie Sutton, but on all campaigns who made reports in the past few weeks where they did not provide the individual donor disclosure that law requires," Lederman said.


Editors: The Secretary of State's Letter to ActBlue is available hereBillie Sutton's Campaign Finance report is available here, with supportive documents showing the ActBlue line items here.