We told you about some in-depth digging into the financial reports of legislative and constitutional candidates. This is getting very interesting. The GOP is having a bit of a cat fight right now labeling each group as more or less Republican than the other. And more questions are arising about how Gant is running his office;
Possibly more serious than the attacks is an effort under way to file a lawsuit to kick Gosch off the ballot.
The lawsuit threat stems from Gosch’s nominating petitions to get on the ballot. He notarized one of his own petitions, which isn’t supposed to happen.
“I’m not an attorney, but I said, it sure looks like a violation to me,” said Ed Randazzo, a Rapid City activist who is helping to raise $2,500 to pay for a lawsuit.
Gosch was unavailable for comment, but asked his fellow lawmaker, Rep. Mike Verchio, R-Hill City, to speak for him.
“He’s confident, since the secretary of state (Jason Gant) already says there’s not a problem,” Verchio said.
If you are so confident, why the possible lawsuit?
We are still looking into why each is going after the other, but in this search, we find some other things involving our intrepid SOS Mr. Gant. Why is Mr. Gant mixed up in so many of these strange connections? Who are these people financing him? What does Jason have to do for them or what is he promising to the groups giving him the money?
THE FULL DOCUMENT: gant 2010 campiaign finance disclosure oct 22 – 11660
We are also looking into the money received by several other candidates elected at the same time as Mr. Gant. Let’s look at Dusty Johnson’s run for the PUC. This is an office you could assume would be useful to out of state lobbyists and corporations, it has in the past why not now? So we looked… And looked. Interesting thing, Dusty has raised a lot of money for his PUC runs, but the money he has received are primarily from the usual in-state GOP citizens we get used to seeing in state finance reports. Small in-state PACs
SEE FULL DOCUMENT: Johnson, Dusty campaign Finance report Oct 22, 2010 11745
Jason Gant like Marty Jackley like Chris Nelson like several state GOP legislators are getting massive funds from out of state ALEC based PACs and ALEC directed out of state contributions.
Think the division in the state Republican party is a myth? Think again, it is a reality, and it’s going to get more real as November approaches.