TenHaken’s PAC begs for money in fundraising email

When I first got this email, I thought it was some kind of joke. Make no mistake, Paul is raising money for candidates that will be potentially running against Starr and Stehly (if they choose to run).

I also got a chuckle out of the picture PTH used. This is from the Trump rally where Noem refused to pay Sioux Falls taxpayers over $20K for private fundraiser security. Notice the presidential seal is Photoshopped out. I probably wouldn’t mention the president either in his current state of affairs.

I also enjoy the typos and half-truths included in the email, in classic Trump style, TJ must have wrote it.


Nearly a year and a half ago, the people of Sioux Falls put their trust in me to lead our great city. During this time, our administration has been working hard to transform City Hall into a place of thinks innovatively and is focused on providing high-quality services for our citizens. 

Being your mayor is an honor and I’m proud of the many accomplishments of my first few months in office. Some highlights include::

  • Launching the One Sioux Falls framework and collaborating with community leaders.
  • Cracking down on drug dealers with more officers like the new Narcotics Crime Unit and a new narcotics sergeant.
  • Uniting a community in the aftermath of flooding and tornadoes.
  • Focusing on infrastructure investments with the highest percentage of your tax dollars going toward road and bridge projects than previous decades. We’ve also invested in an upgraded sewer system needed for future growth. 
  • Creating a Department of Innovation and Technology to catch up with other cities and adopt new technology so that Sioux Falls is a national leader in 5G readiness, transit, data-driven solutions, open data, and more.
  • Acting fiscally responsible by paying off millions of dollars of city debt early and eliminating wasteful spending to focus on the core essentials of city government. 

We’ve made some big strides, but we’re just getting warmed up. I would appreciate your continued support as we look toward the future of our city. 

Would you consider a financial gift to ensure we keep this momentum going?

We live in an incredible community and have much to be thankful for in Sioux Falls. I’m thankful everyday for the honor to serve as your mayor and I’m especially thankful for the support and prayers from friends like you. 

In service,


#1 Scott on 10.07.19 at 8:00 pm

More shameless and unethical behavior from this Mayor. So glad I didn’t vote for him.

#2 scott on 10.07.19 at 8:12 pm

instead of sending money, send thoughts and prayers.

#3 Jimmy Doxx on 10.07.19 at 8:56 pm

I’m not your friend, buddy.

#4 Warren Phear on 10.07.19 at 9:16 pm

The next mayoral race is two and a half years from now. Like his “b” grade hero trump, is he also going to be in perpetual campaign mode?

#5 Plausible Deniability on 10.07.19 at 10:03 pm

If the typos in your post are an accurate reflection of the original email, if he was a job seeker…this clown couldn’t get hired to wash cars. Not only is the composition third rate, the very notion of the message is a crude, classless and dangerous move masquerading as ethical “momentum”.

#6 "Very Stable Genius" on 10.07.19 at 10:31 pm

That’s the widest tie, that I have ever seen him wear in public. It must be one from his father’s closet and not one from a Ric Ocasek estate rummage sale, huh?

And I guess the tornadoes did unite us, I mean, they did united us on the fact that the city vacillated on its recovery, did they not?

Oh, and as of last Friday, all of the sirens now work. He should have listed that as an accomplishment or an advancement, too.

But I will say this for the mayor, had the last mayor had such a backdrop and surroundings for a picture, I bet he would have never photoshopped that seal out of the picture, however….. #ButtigiegJealousy

( – and Woodstock asks: “Oh, and does this ‘One Sioux Falls’ thing mean that everyone in town is going to have to paint their house taupe?”)

#7 Money Money Money on 10.08.19 at 6:58 am

Pray for money is the only belief system the mayor and rs5 have any faith in. Their cash basis government means they will fight with all the money they can scrounge up.

#8 D@ily Spin on 10.08.19 at 8:24 am

We wanted a mayor and got a career politician.

#9 Warren Phear on 10.08.19 at 9:09 am

Curious how the email list for this mailing was put together.

#10 Michelle Miller on 10.08.19 at 11:26 am

Give us a break on property taxes! Home values are ridiculously inflated and have been for too long. City leadership used to have compassion and responsible spending. I cannot afford an extra dollar anywhere and certainly not for Mr. T.

#11 l3wis on 10.08.19 at 12:50 pm

The person who sent it to me was curious how they got it to. The mayor also put the achievements list on Twitter. You have to realize that PTH was a political marketing guy before he was mayor, that is all he knows

#12 "Very Stable Genius" on 10.08.19 at 8:05 pm

Marketing has become the ultimate instrument of big brother and where nothing is really accomplished, but we will, however, be well informed throughout it all.

( – and Woodstock ponders: “‘Twitter?'”…..”But what about the Shopping News?”)

#13 Progress? on 10.09.19 at 7:14 am

everything on the list of accomplishments are things either done through predatory actions, authoritarian actions or just plain marketing. Nothing on the list was done through actual leadership. What a loser.

#14 anonymous on 10.09.19 at 9:58 am

Looks like super fundraiser, Matt Paulson, has not been able to raise the 100k he has been advertising he will use to help defeat Councilor Stehly.

Could it be he has enlisted the help of his friend, PTH?

Hey Matt, where are those angel investors when you need ’em?

#15 D@ily Spin on 10.10.19 at 6:22 pm

When 3 tornados turn into one that touched down 3 times in the same block, wrap yourself in flags and seek political contributions for cleanup the city hardly participated in.

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