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January 5th, 2017 — Marty Jackley, Pat Powers, Secretary of State
Oh the irony of Pitty Patt Postting this story;
Prohibiting and criminalizing direct conflicts of interests and self-dealings resulting in personal financial benefit from taxpayer monies
Under current South Dakota law, it is only a misdemeanor to engage in self-dealings of taxpayer monies for personal benefit or gain. See SDCL 5-18A-17.4.
“A public official, who misappropriates taxpayer monies that have been entrusted to them, violates the public trust and should be held responsible for such actions. When a public official uses taxpayer monies for personal benefit or gain, it should be treated as any other criminal theft,” said Jackley.
The Attorney General’s proposed legislation narrowly defines a direct criminal conflict of interest to occur when “any public official who knowingly misappropriates funds or property which has been entrusted to the public official in violation of the public trust and which results in a direct financial benefit to the public official, commits a criminal conflict of interest.” A public official who commits a criminal conflict of interest would be guilty of theft under existing law. Under current theft law it is a Class 6 felony carrying a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment when the value of the theft is in excess of $1,000, a Class 5 felony, punishable up to five years, when the value is more than $2,500 but less than or equal to $5,000, and a Class 4 felony, punishable up to 10 years, if the value is more than $5,000. The bill also requests employee whistleblower protections.
Legislation being introduced by others will require notice to the Attorney General of conflict violations.
That was our main claim against Gant & Powers. Pat was still running a campaign consulting company while working as deputy SOS. A conflict of interest, especially if he was using information attained from the SOS to further his business. Not only did Jackley at the time not investigate him for that, they found them not guilty on stealing (something they were never accused of). But I guess, even if they were found to have a conflict of interest, not much could have been done until the law changes. PAThetic quit anyway claiming he had to get back to his litter of spawn.
March 30th, 2016 — Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs
UPDATE: After watching the beginning of this interview, and seeing how it was back up against the sports show, and how quickly Shantel was sweeped in, it would seem to me this was a pre-recorded show, and that is why the live chat was not used. Not sure if that is true, but if it is, what’s the point in lying about it? Why not just say it was pre-recorded? Weird.
During the beginning of the interview, they claimed it was a ‘technical’ issue, yet neither host had an electronic device in their hands. Not saying this was on purpose since it has happened before, but seems strange that you have a state constitutional officer as a guest and there is NO online chat, or an attempt to get it to work.
I had a question for Shantel;
Why are there still issues with the voting lists?
I also was skeptical of her comment about Jason Gant during wordplay. She said when asked ‘Jason Gant’
Oh, I think he was well aware of what he was doing, and to give him a pass for being ignorant or just stupid isn’t fair to SD taxpayers and voters. I’m not calling him a genius, but I am not expecting him to have integrity either.
I think the SD GOP including Krebs dropped the ball on Gant, and a public shaming on Stormland-TV doesn’t cut the mustard for the due punishment he deserved.
October 31st, 2015 — Secretary of State, South Dakotans
“I’m telling the truth, just ask Whopper Junior and the traveling computer server fun show.”
While the state debates whether or not spending $18,000 per military vote (while thumbing their nose at native American voters) was a wise choice by our former Secretary of Hamburgers, uh, I mean State, some other questions have arisen, like who stole the flag? And more importantly, why is it a secret?
Well, it really isn’t a secret, but that’s all you are getting from me. But if the person’s name is ever released, and it is who it is, you will see they have many political connections in Sioux Falls.
Stay tuned, this is going to get interesting.
I also wonder if the timing of this flag fiasco and Gant investigation (that has been going on for months) has anything to do with taking attention away from the latest EB-5 findings? As you may or may not know, Shantel and Mitch Krebs are close friends with Mike Rounds, and would defend him in any manner. Nice distraction folks.
Let’s worry about flags and I-Pads while the elephant walks out of the room.
October 29th, 2015 — Secretary of State
Stuff like this really gets my blood boiling;
The South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office under former Secretary Jason Gant misused federal grant money, overspent its annual budget and couldn’t account for $43,000 in state funds, according to a report by the state auditor.
Cameraman Bruce and I told the media and government officials over two years ago that we were very suspect of what was going on in that office. Not just the campaign business being run by the deputy SOS, but the moving servers, the large donations to the SDGOP from election services companies, missing records, etc., etc.,
Stan Adelstein responded (thankfully) and all we got was a watered down report from the AG that said, “They didn’t steal anything.” Now we know that might not have been the case.
But what do I know, I’m just a speculator.
October 7th, 2015 — Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs
UPDATE: It only took Stormland TV two and half years to pick up on something I forgotten I reported.
And a year earlier I was exposing the ‘campaign store’ Pitty was running.
I guess I don’t feel so bad for not catching this before Stormland, because it has been so long since I reported it, I forgot about it. Now maybe they will do a story about real pressing issues, like our mayor possibly running for higher office and hop-scotching all over the state to OTHER Home Rule cities on our dime.
Remember when we were chasing former SD deputy secretary of state Powers and SOS Gant for running a campaign business while working for the state?
Remember Powers’ departure and the nationwide tour his servers took?
Seems Kennecke over at Stormland asked current SOS Krebs an interesting question about missing corporate files, her response? Astounding;
When Krebs won the election for Secretary of State, she also discovered she had inherited a problem. Krebs says the state IT department informed her of a hack on the data base for corporate filings in April of 2012.
“I want to clarify that the corporations system or website was on an outside server. And it was not on the state’s information and technology–state sanctioned and state secured–server,” Krebs said.
Something Krebs says was set up by her predecessor Jason Gant.
“We used state servers; we used outside servers,” Gant said.
Outside Servers!? This is going to get real interesting real quick.
March 7th, 2015 — Elections, Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs
As you may or may not know, the MC Election Review Commission’s chair, Danielson found many issues with data coming from the SOS office, and probably caused many of the issues auditor Litz was having with sending out wrong ballots. These issues occurred during Gant’s tenure. I think Krebs should take heed of the recommendations, and fix the issues with data that happened during Gant’s administration. It will only be to Shantel’s benefit, but better yet, benefit voters and auditors across the state. We will see how she handles it.
December 29th, 2014 — Mike Huether, Sam Kooiker, Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs, Snowgates, South Dakotans
Mayor Kooiker continues to surprise me every day;
Kooiker, who estimated he personally collected about 400 signatures, said he was pleased that the City Council’s decision to approve $180 million in bonds for a new civic center arena will be put to a public vote.
What I find amazing about what Sam did, is that not only did he support a public vote, he helped collect signatures. This is in stark reality to our mayor who told everyone he supported snow gates, but when asked to sign the petition to put them on the ballot, he refused, as did many local politicians, including our Secretary of State elect Shantel Krebs, who told petition gathers after refusing to sign, “Initiatives/referendums should be illegal in South Dakota.” Interesting statement from the person that is now in charge of our elections 🙁
I want to commend Mayor Kooiker for standing up for democracy in South Dakota and setting an example for other elected officials who don’t really understand the process that well.
November 7th, 2014 — Bob Litz, Cartoon, Secretary of State
July 30th, 2014 — Mike Myers, Secretary of State
So when Jason’s partisanship is called out, he calls it ‘Absurd and Pathetic’
Myers has described the secretary of state as ‘a hit man for the Republican machine in Pierre.’
“The secretary of state is used as a party to advance the interest of the dominant party,” said Myers.
“Absolutely not — that’s absurd and pathetic. That’s just the sad attempt of publicity,” said Gant.
“And you know what, I don’t like bullies. So Gant is the big guy up in front of all the bullies,” said Myers.
“The law is the law and I can’t change it. Mr. Myers can’t change and I have to follow it. If he doesn’t agree with it, that’s his concern,” said Gant.
Jason has time and time again used his position as a REPUBLICAN to advance his party, he has made anybody who isn’t in the Republican party follow a separate set of rules, he has raised gobs of money for the state party, he has even went as far to purchase equipment from companies that have donated to the state party (E-Poll books) and has even endorsed candidates. Now if that isn’t partisanship, not sure what is. This issue could have been easily accommodated, the AG could have went in front of a judge (in the absence of the law referring to Indy candidates) and asked for an exception for Myers and Hubbel, then instructed Gant to put them on the ballot. But instead, they must punish those who don’t ‘kiss the ring’ and make them go dig up attorneys. Gant and Jackley know who their bosses are, and it is not the citizens of this great state.
June 30th, 2014 — Angela Schultz, Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs
While reading one of Lalley’s meandering columns about Skunk Creek/Big Sioux pollution I found this little tidbit about Shantel interesting;
The rather difficult bit to stomach is the reaction from the lawmakers whose job it is to guard our natural resources, in this case Sens. Shantel Krebs of Renner and Jason Frerichs of Wilmot. They represent their parties as the top managers of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
And their message, as relayed by Harriman’s reporting, was clear: “Everything is fine.”
Both said they see no need for further regulation.
Both also pointed to urban run-off and lawn chemicals as a contributor to pollution. It’s true, that’s a point of discussion, but it ignores the larger issue.
While Frerichs just kind of throws his hands in the air and blames farmers who probably won’t work with government, Krebs IS a small farmer who probably is polluting the Big Sioux herself. It seems Krebs is happy with the status quo (unless she is working hard to make the referendum and initiative process harder so she can keep good standing with her favorite organization ALEC). This is the kind of person we want for our next SOS? Krebs doesn’t want to improve the lives of South Dakotans, which includes cleaning up the pollution in the Secretary of State’s office. Maybe Krebs as SOS will just continue the blatant prejudice against the Native Americans, continue screwing up the voter lists, continue to let Republican candidates to break the rules while turning in the Dems for breaking the same rules. Maybe she thinks ‘Everything is fine’ in the office, just like she thinks nothing should be done to fix the polluted Big Sioux. I have a feeling that if Krebs wins in November we will just have ourselves a skinnier blonde as SOS, not much else will change, it may even get worse.
As for Krebs’ challenger, Angela Schultz, I have only heard good things. A stellar resume (I didn’t see shoe salesperson in there though).