City Election Financial Fiasco & Paulson’s Piggybank & others

There is more to come as to why the candidate financials were not filed last week. Let’s just the city has a whole lotta excuses that don’t add up. They may even be in violation of state open records laws.

Expect more on that story in the coming week.

For now, we need to focus on the election. The financials magically started showing up this morning on the city website. Not sure if the city was playing a game of protecting ‘certain’ candidates financial reports from the media and public, but one of those reports is scattered with donors from the who’s who of Sioux Falls. (click to enlarge)


It is also worth noting that former city councilor, De Knudson gave money to any candidate that would oppose my four choices (the anti-Staggers clan).

Other notable oddities;

Tammy Fenner received a donation from Justin Johnson. Not sure if this is the same Mr. Johnson that owns several infamous bars and casinos throughout town and donates to legalizing marijuana attempts, but if it is, I found a self-proclaimed conservative Christian taking money from him a bit ‘odd’.


Selberg borrowed a couple of peeps from Paulson’s list to butter his bread.


Srstka got a sizable chunk from former Attorney General, Mark Meierhenry. Many people have asked me if Erin is related to judge Srstka, and I am not sure. But she also got a verbal endorsement from retiring circuit judge Pat Riepel on Friday at Dem Forum during announcements.


We will also talk about strategies after Tuesday, and how they matched up. It is pretty clear from viewing the financial reports how the candidates spent their money. After we see the winner’s circle Tuesday night, we will know which strategies worked.


#1 l3wis on 04.11.16 at 6:38 pm

Joe Sneve’s story on financials;

#2 moses on 04.11.16 at 8:14 pm

Well Moses says this guy wont representing the working class.

#3 blasphemo on 04.11.16 at 10:00 pm

Thanks for the detailed breakdown on Paulson’s donors. Your total for his donations is $23k+. Joe Sneve’s blog link from the first l3wis comment (above) states the Paulson total to be nearly $35k. What accounts for the difference in these totals? Regardless, the facts are plain: relatively big money is behind Paulson, including lots of Sanford & Big Developer favors he’s going to owe. SF doesn’t need a City Councilor that’ll be beholdin’ to these special interests. They already have enough influence on City Hall. Stehly is the best choice for a fair and impartial proponent of every SF citizen, regardless of their income.

#4 Bruce on 04.11.16 at 11:10 pm

the difference on the $23,750 & $35,000 is the $100 payments to stay under the reporting limit.We will never know the number of $100 payments made in 2015 & 2016.

We did not include the money John put in.

#5 anominous on 04.12.16 at 1:03 am

Hey that guy’s mom gave him 900 bucks.

#6 i12doit on 04.12.16 at 8:15 am

I was eating breakfast while reading Paulson’s donors list. Now I’m nauseated. I’m still wondering which spoof gave money to the SFPD to hand out at Christmas Anonymously? Special interest at a local level? Throwing away religious equality at the expense of minorities and the poor is not real nice, seems shady and is discriminatory. IMHO!

#7 The D@ily Spin on 04.12.16 at 8:33 am

‘Noble’ contributions will be an interesting Who’s Who. Tons of TV spots and billboards. Huge and expensive last minute ad work gets the vote of brain dead cubicle types. If you work at First Premier, vote how you’re told. Free rides to the polling place you couldn’t find. Donate and get your street repaved.

Land of the free but do what you’re told and bring your check book.

Home of the brave who resent having served representing the upper country club class.