One more reason why we need publicly funded campaigns

The monument to hypocrisy?

Not only does Denny want to control science and medical care in our state, he also wants to pick the next governor;

Sioux Falls banking mogul T. Denny Sanford has given Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and state Sen. Dave Knudson $20,000 each in their young campaigns for the Republican nomination for governor.

And that could be just the start of campaign gift-giving for the billionaire donor, who dropped $200,000 into his own political action committee just days before a state law made such large contributions illegal.

No wonder Dennis and Dave never try to make waves in Pierre, they can’t upset their sugar daddy Denny too much.



20 comments ↓

#1 Ghost of Dude on 02.10.09 at 10:10 am

Dave’s got a pretty big war-chest already.

#2 John on 02.10.09 at 10:47 am

So does Dennis. Dave just has the brains to back up the money!

#3 l3wis on 02.10.09 at 12:13 pm

I wouldn’t take any blood money from Denny.

#4 Interloper on 02.10.09 at 12:47 pm

Um, how about your guy Obama collecting more money than any candidate in history anywhere, some certainly from nefarious sources? At least Sanford gives away his money to do things for SD. Unless you think health and science aren’t important.

Interesting that the people who are criticizing a South Dakota zillionaire for supporting South Dakota candidates are the same ones who think it is cool that Hollywood liberals paid $28,000 each to have cocktails with Obama, and think it is cool that an anti-American zillionaire like George Soros pulls the puppet strings of leftist politicians like Obama.

And before you start whining about how Sanford made his money, nobody twisted anybody’s arm to get in over their heads in credit-card debt. If you are stupid enough to do that, tough.

#5 l3wis on 02.10.09 at 1:02 pm

Um, I voted for Obama because he was a zillion times smarter than McCain, but that doesn’t make him ‘My Man’.

As for the amount of money Obama collected, I think it is sickening. The reason politics will never change is because we allow the rich and special interest continue to fund campaigns. Once we go with public funding 100% the corruption will end or at least be greatly reduced.

#6 Ghost of Dude on 02.10.09 at 3:29 pm

Obama got my vote because he was the better candidate. He now has four years to earn my vote for his re-election.
Sanford definitely got his money through shady practices. Sure, nobody twisted anyone’s arm to sign up for one of his scammy credit cards, but those who did just to build their credit back up got a really crappy deal. This is why congress is now giving the subprime credit card industry an enema from which they may never completely recover. They failed to do right by their customers, so now they’re going to pay.

#7 Warren Phear on 02.10.09 at 5:16 pm

Well said Dude.

#8 Interloper on 02.10.09 at 5:20 pm

“They failed to do right by their customers, so now they’re going to pay.”

Ever hear of reading the fine print? Understanding before you sign? Taking responsibility?

Typical liberal. It’s always somebody else’s fault.

#9 l3wis on 02.10.09 at 5:48 pm

Greed is the ultimate guilt.

#10 Ghost of Dude on 02.10.09 at 8:14 pm

Ever hear of reading the fine print? Understanding before you sign? Taking responsibility?

Typical liberal. It’s always somebody else’s fault.

That’s me, typical liberal. Your life must be much easier since you discovered you could put people into neat little categories.
It really sounds nice to say “take some responsibility, idiot”, probably feels good too. I hear being a condescending prick is good for the ego.
Until you’ve been in the position some of 1st Premier’s cardholders are in – many because they couldn’t afford health insurance at $600/month and got sick – you are in no position to judge. I’ve seen the effects of massive medical debt on a family. It sucks, and there was nothing they could do about it.
The only difference between sub-prime credit cards and loan sharks is that the sub-prime CC companies have “bank” next to their name and give you plastic instead of cash. It’s a new form of feudalism, and it will be a drag on our economy for a long time.
At least the loan sharks knee-cap you and call it even. It takes ten years to clear a bankruptcy.

#11 Interloper on 02.11.09 at 8:36 am

“Condescening prick”? Talk about the pot-kettle thing.

Of course you are going to cite a major reason why people get into debt. Most of us have had catastrophic medical issues or knows someone who has, and it is an awful situation to be in.

I’m just saying that people need to know what they are getting into. You sign the papers, that’s it. End of story.

#12 l3wis on 02.11.09 at 8:56 am

Kinda like the banks and TARP? Oh that’s right, THEY don’t have to follow the same rules as us . . .

#13 Ghost of Dude on 02.11.09 at 9:06 am

Heh… Yup. You make a bet you can’t pay off if you lose, and the government comes and pays the man for you.
If only we could all be like the big banks.

#14 Interloper on 02.11.09 at 9:11 am

Exactly. We are in agreement on that #12.

#15 l3wis on 02.11.09 at 9:36 am

A Sitty-Bank (ahem) employee told me that they had a briefing from management about TARP. They said the Government ‘asked them’ to take the money and they were not laying anyone off. Yet they have been laying off groups of 4-5 people in different departments each week for months, that way the media doesn’t catch wind of it.

#16 Warren Phear on 02.11.09 at 10:03 am

“I’m just saying that people need to know what they are getting into. You sign the papers, that’s it. End of story.”

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#17 l3wis on 02.11.09 at 12:41 pm

Just google First Premier CC sometime – whoa Nellie!

#18 Interloper on 02.12.09 at 1:53 pm

16, if you are idiot enough to fall for this stuff, you get what you deserve.

You say: “…prey on consumers WHO MAY NOT ALWAYS READ…”

Exactly.

#19 l3wis on 02.12.09 at 2:43 pm

Interloper, you don’t know much about Warren’s past? Do you? You may lose this argument.

#20 Yakatyak on 10.03.10 at 7:42 am

I am not bashing Sanford, he is a wealthy man because he figuredout how to get there, the restof you get your big panties on and act like a grown up. Dialing for dollars has always been a politicians way of saying,I want the good life and will help me by donating zillions toput me inthe position to help the wealthy so I can stay in power for a life time? A sure cure for what has happened to our overpaid underworked CONgresspeople is too cut the salaries in half, no more bennies after their term is up, make sure that the government builds housing for them, same standard as our military, so they have a rent free place to reside, utilities and personal affects covered. Have a bus that picks them up and takes them back to the housing units. Make the terms no longer than six years, provide a opublic school in their housing encampment for any children, daycare services for any working parents with children. Raise the salaries of their aids that do all the work. Bring the animal down to where he belongs and we may get some real work done in the capitol city of Washington. Goverment is suppose to be for the people by the people, if you vote them in live with it and quit your whining about the little stuff get real and wake up to the fact that our representatives have a cushy overpaid, overrated,overstaffed, game going. Now here in SD when my mother served in Pierre, money from her poocket had to pay to stay and eat etc. She was happy to do that because she loved this state and wanted to do good things,she did. Nothing will satisfy the whole, but it is the majority that should be pacified. vote the best you can, if no candidate is good enough, write one in, leave it blank. Second best is worst than not voting.