Follow the Money; TenHaken & Soehl’s donor lists tells us who they will serve

Some of the Biggest Banksters and developers in Sioux Falls have thrown thousand$ at Paul and Curt.



I always find it ironic when I hear certain candidates tell us what they will do for ‘US’ than read their donor list that tell us a different story.

The other night in the final mayoral debate, TenHaken made the comment that he felt we haven’t used TIF’s enough. I just about fell out of my chair. With 5 years of record building permits, why is it that we continue to handout corporate welfare to the developers? They are NOT hurting, just look at the money they threw at these two candidates.

We need to focus on bringing customer service back to ALL the citizens in Sioux Falls, not just the super wealthy. Council Candidate Zach DeBoer has proposed numerous initiatives that would lift up neighborhoods and support more affordable housing in Sioux Falls. Paul and Curt have proposed we stay the course with corporate welfare and TIF’s.

Some say the decision on Tuesday is a hard one. Just look at these donor lists, it will make your decision a lot easier.


#1 BCGilbert on 04.27.18 at 1:22 pm

Rich White People

#2 Mike H. on 04.27.18 at 1:49 pm

Where’s Jolene Burdin’s donor list?? Come on now…equal time.
Seems like someone is butthurt because TenHaken knows how to get support from his friends. Guess Mrs. Burdin can’t count doggie droppings as donations, huh?

#3 matt johnson on 04.27.18 at 1:50 pm

at least he reports the contributions- still have not seen Jolene’s in- kind report; nor have I seen it called for here other than by me if you have reported (or asked for it), I apologize but please show me when it happened and how you reported

#4 My Mistake Mike on 04.27.18 at 1:53 pm

I see Jolene gave her own campaign a personal check for $20,000. Yet another unforced error on her part.

But, seriously, the money in local politics is nauseating.

#5 l3wis on 04.27.18 at 2:10 pm

Not sure how an inkind donation or a $20K check to oneself compares to thousands of dollars from special interest developers? Am I missing something?

Read them all here;

#6 l3wis on 04.27.18 at 2:29 pm

“I see Jolene gave her own campaign a personal check for $20,000. ”

Well she did say she couldn’t write a $100K check to her self, wasn’t lying there 🙂

#7 My Mistake Mike on 04.27.18 at 2:47 pm

l3wis – technically, you are right. LOL

But combine that $20k with her husband’s $80k+ in-kind to-date = $100k+ in personal support.

Either way, the money flowing in/out of these local campaigns is disheartening.

#8 Shawn on 04.27.18 at 2:51 pm

Why is it evil to write a $1,000 or $10,000 check to help a candidate?

Why is it always assumed that it’s “buying” something?

Maybe Southdacola should publish their campaign rules so everyone knows what is considered ethical or unethical.

You might be surprised that some people give expecting nothing in return but it’s happening all around us. Some give $10 and some give $1000. Both out of a sincere desire for the good of their community.

There are people who believe certain leaders will be best for their city, state or country. Are there some who try to buy influence? Absolutely, on both sides of the aisle.

If there is evidence that someone is treated differently because of contributions then present that evidence.

#9 l3wis on 04.27.18 at 2:57 pm

“If there is evidence that someone is treated differently because of contributions then present that evidence.”

Is that a trick question? 🙂

#10 l3wis on 04.27.18 at 3:02 pm

As for ethics, it comes down to common sense. It’s hard to explain something that should be obvious like taking contributions from toddlers.

#11 Duane on 04.27.18 at 6:06 pm

“Common Sense” who or what defines that? You have a floating ethics code. What is common for one may not be common for another.

All these rules you have need to be in writing.

#12 matt johnson on 04.27.18 at 6:44 pm

still waiting for you to call out Jolene

#13 Thomas on 04.27.18 at 9:38 pm

So, Jolene has a grass roots campaign being funded by mom and pop donors? Except for the former United States Senate majority leader and current multi million dollar lobbyists. It is a who’s list of failed and former democrat candidates and office holders. Plus, let’s not forget about a former Texas congressman and his out of state lobbying money. Who is he married to again? Oh yes, our former democratic congresswomen. The same person who is president of a certain university in town who has expressed interest in the city vacating Grange Ave at no cost to the university. Hey! Let us not also forget the unions that have generously donated the money that their members pay out of their hard earned paycheck in this low paying state. Of course, they are not forced to join a union. However, I am sure that the sales pitch the union relies on says something about how their hard earned dues will go only to fighting for worker’s rights, better pay, benefits, and working conditions. Who’s water is Jolene carrying?

#14 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.27.18 at 11:56 pm

I think that NixonHaken’s donor list is rather developing, if you know what I mean……