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More on Trusts in South Dakota

I will admit, it was refreshing to read this humorous article about South Dakota Trusts. It all starts with some digs on Noem, EB-5, Gear-Up, etc.;

Corey Lewandowski. Read it all here: (The BulwarkThe Daily Beast) BTW, Ian Fury, Noem’s official spokesperson, said “Corey was always a volunteer, never paid a dime (campaign or official).” To which I instantly responded, “So, you are saying that he did it for love.”

Is that what Repugs call love? Unfortunately, YES!

Now I am proud to say that in one way, I actually broke this story, on SleuthSayers, back on June 20, 2012. It’s just that no one listened. As the once and (probably) future AG Marty Jackley once told me, “Call me when there’s a crime.”

I think Jackboots had that line disconnected after Dep SOS Pitty Pat and SOS Jason Gunt left office.

Unless you live under a rock or are dumber than* our governor (or related to her) you know that the Trusts don’t benefit average South Dakotans one iota, it doesn’t even benefit main street or the government coffers in Pierre. There is a select group of banksters, bondsters and all around scammers making money from this and the cavemen and Betty Rubbles running our state house don’t have a clue about the laws they are passing.

I can feel all that liberty and freedom making me dumber by the minute.

It’s gearing up to be an interesting week

Did Joop Bollen sing like a little birdy to the Feds?

I’m not the only one that thinks it is a little odd that Joop only got a $2k fine and a slap on the wrist. Most plea deals come with a ‘deal’. The question is, did Joop make a deal with Feds to sing like a little birdy to get his plea deal?

Why would anyone kill themselves with a 5 foot branch in the middle of a grove of trees over a piddly felony and fine? Bigger things were going on, and I have a feeling Mr. Bollen is helping to fry those fish.

Bollen gets off with a $2K fine.

Wow! I know people who pay more then that for a DUI charge, first offense. With all the dead people and millions missing in tax money, one wonders if any of these people (guarded by the SD GOP) will ever receive justice? Doesn’t look like it.

But hey, South Dakota isn’t corrupt.

EB-5 Investigation closed

I will be the first to say this is a travesty of justice;

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The FBI has closed its investigation into South Dakota’s investment-for-visa program and the U.S. Attorney’s office has decided not to pursue prosecution.

I have often said besides the fact that Joop Bollen and Mike Rounds are having memory issues when it comes to EB-5, the lynchpin of this entire fiasco is Benda’s death report.

It’s unfortunate that our Attorney General has played games to keep the document quiet. But hey, he has more important things to do, like round up a dozen or so Hueterrites to testify they forged petitions for Annette Bosworth. Then gives them ‘criminal immunity’. Maybe they are the ones that staged Benda’s suicide?

Marty has his priorities you know, hunting down the real criminals while letting others get away with murder, so to speak.

Who is this ‘OTHER’ petitioner?

So this is getting interesting;

Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth filed a petition in U.S. District Court last month to preserve documents associated with the state’s EB-5 program. On Monday, his case was in court.

There is no lawsuit right now, but Barth worried the paperwork tied to the state’s EB-5 program could be destroyed, possibly by former EB-5 administrator Joop Bollen.

Attorneys for those responding to the petition, including former Governor Mike Rounds, say that the petition has no legal standing in federal court. They say that the request for protection is being made to uncover facts, which would be a misuse of the court order Barth is seeking.

They also argue there is an obligation to collect and protect documents in a lawsuit, saying a court order is not necessary.

Judge Karen Schreier agreed to that point. However, she also says that simply as a taxpayer, Barth has no standing in federal court to ask for documents to be protected. However, the petition was not dismissed completely because of a motion made Monday to add an additional petitioner to the case.

Because of that request, there will be another 21 days for the opposing party to respond. Once that response is in, a new hearing date will be set.

Who is this mysterious other petitioner? The Feds?

Federal investigation remains ‘Active’ into EB-5

I wonder how many adult diapers were changed at Rounds’ campaign headquarters today, when the FBI decided to tell the press that the investigation is still on going?

A person from ‘another’ campaign I talked to today wondered if the reason Joop is out of the country is because he has been offered immunity from the FEDS?

Doesn’t it seem odd that a program that is still being investigated by the FBI would allow their main (and alive) witness to leave the country?

Maybe he supplied the murder weapon in Benda’s death to the FBI . . . Ah, I mean, the stick Benda used to push the trigger to kill himself.

Sorry. It’s hard to keep track of these conspiracy theories these days.

Keep digging Marion. Keep digging.

Why hasn’t Gov. Daugaard endorsed Mike Rounds for senate?

I have been thinking about this every since the fake governor appeared on the Colbert Report.

No TV commercials. No print ads. No radio. No direct mail. Zilch. Why wouldn’t the former Lt. Governor endorse his former boss? We all know Dennis is going to wallop Wismer. What is he afraid of?

EB-5 seems to be a virus that Dennis is trying to shake. C’mon Dennis. Endorse your former BFF.

Where did you get the monkey Joop?


Rounds is starting to look like his hero Reagan more and more everyday

Was Larry Pressler having a few ‘senior moments’ in yesterday’s ‘100 Eyes’ interview? He sure was. He talked about how our military should use more lasers and how the US military should stop giving our AK-47’s away (Hey Larry, I’m not even a gun person, but I think we use M-16’s). He also talked about how he voted for Obama instead of ‘Ted’ Romney (whoever that guy is). The best part of the interview was when he couldn’t decide whether he was pro-life or pro-choice (which really makes you pro-choice). Even with all of Larry’s fumbling about guns and abortion, I’m not as concerned about his memory loss as Governor Rounds. He seems to be pulling a Ronald Reagan lately.

I had a contributor to this post

Just look at Rounds’ involvement, with not only EB-5, but the No-Bid contracts legacy.

It’s interesting to note a bit of wiggle room in Mike Rounds’ statement given to KELO TV broadcasted on October 2, 2014. Many South Dakotans have tried to open the veil of secrecy of the No-Bid contract system of state government for many years. Marian Michael Rounds and Dennis Daugaard have opened the doors just a crack. Too bad it took an unusual suicide and the fleecing of international money to move it into the forefront.

He states there was no conspiracy. In the decades following the election of William Janklow in 1978, the Republican governors who followed worked the tried and true process of closing all pretenses of open government. Let me try to explain how questionable conspiracy has become such a way of life in South Dakota state government, those in power can no longer see it.

A hallmark of the 1970 election of Richard Kniep was “open the books”. The decades long good old boys club of GOP rule in Pierre caused the power holders to become sloppy during the Farrar years. The people of South Dakota finally had enough of it. The groundswell of support for cleaning up the mess brought a group of legislators to Pierre to do the cleaning.  The no-bid contracts, special access passes and other conspiratorial activities exposed during the 1970 campaigns gave the Democrats in power the mission to open government.

We began to hear things like sunshine laws, open meetings rules, open records acts and other phrases new to our ears. We had leaders with a zeal unmatched before or after to make government clean. The first 4 years of the Kniep administration moved the state into a modern reporting period. We also had a fantastic group of Republican legislators who were very helpful in accomplishing these goals, but make no mistake the leadership of the Kniep administration made open records, law.

The electoral success of Bill Janklow began the information dismantling process. We have been through two Janklow periods, Miller, Mickelson, Rounds and now the Daugaard terms where secrecy is the way of life. No more open government. No more answering questions. No more meetings records are kept. E-Mails destroyed (BTW, any IT person worth their salt would be able to go back to the years of backup tapes federal law requires them to keep to get the data).

Secrecy is such a way of life now in state government, Mike Rounds can look comfortably into a camera and say a no-bid contract signed by a state employee to himself is just fine because it keeps South Dakota competitive in the EB-5 world. His office’s receipt of the legal documents from California and his denial of notice add an interesting twist to his involvement. Janklow might have been able to convince the world of his ways but Rounds’ actions keep getting muddier. How many of you have been actually in the Governor’s office suite in Pierre. It is a small set of offices. The service of legal papers on the staff would create a bit of a stir. The main door to the private governor’s office is mere inches from the secretaries desk. The secretaries of past governors present items to the office with expediency. If the Chief of Staff accepts the paperwork, it is put immediately on the governor’s calendar.

We can be assured AG Marty Jackley has possibly performed a shallow investigation or likely none at all. What we’ll likely find out at some point after the November balloting are the results of the forensic work of the Federal investigators. The Federal investigations do not happen overnight or in public. Mike Rounds like the other governors tainted by the no-bid contracts they approve are currently hiding behind a very thin veil likely pulled back after the election.

To the suckers who believe the Mike Rounds “I see nothing” story here is what it sounded like from our childhood: