Measure 22
 

MEASURE 22: GET THE FACTS, SOUTH DAKOTA.

 
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WHAT IS MEASURE 22?

Measure 22 is an initiated state statute on the ballot here in South Dakota this November 8th. It's a complex, 34-page alternation of current South Dakotan election and donor laws. It will make significant changes to how we can elect our politicians, and could result in our personal information being made public when South Dakotans donate to cause-oriented organizations. Before you vote, know the facts.

 

WHAT DOES MEASURE 22 DO?

Creates a taxpayer-funded pool of resources for participating state legislative candidates to use for their campaigns.

 

- CREATES A TAXPAYER-FUNDED POOL OF RESOURCES FOR PARTICIPATING STATE LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES TO USE FOR THEIR CAMPAIGNS

What this could mean: South Dakotan taxpayer-funded lawn signs, political consultants, robo calls and bumper stickers for candidates they may or may not support.

 

- REQUIRES ADDITIONAL POLITICAL CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURES AND INCREASED REPORTING

What this could mean: Donors' full names and addresses could be searched online after individual or organizational political donations. In states with similar laws, there have been instances where personal donations resulted in harassment or intimidation.

 

- REQUIRES PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS WHO PUBLICLY TALK ABOUT IMPORTANT ISSUES TO DISCLOSE FULL NAMES AND DONATION AMOUNTS OF THEIR SUPPORTERS

What this could mean: Full names and addresses could be searched online for personal and business charitable donations.

 

- MAKES NEW GOVERNMENT-RUN AGENCIES TO MANAGE AND RUN THE FUND

What this could mean: Increase in the size government with new agencies to manage the allocation of funds to candidates.

 

- LOWERS CONTRIBUTION AMOUNTS TO CANDIDATES FOR STATEWIDE, LEGISLATIVE, OR COUNTY OFFICE, AS WELL AS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES, AND POLITICAL PARTIES

What this could mean: Individuals and business could be limited in their ability to support candidates.

 

- IMPOSES LIMITS ON CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CANDIDATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEES, POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES, AND POLITICAL PARTIES.

What this could mean: Individuals and business could be limited in their ability to support candidates.

 

WHO IS BEHIND MEASURE 22?

Measure 22 is funded by money from an organization based in Massachusetts called Represent.Us.

 

HOW DOES MEASURE 22 WORK?

The measure creates a publicly funded campaign finance program for statewide and legislative candidates who choose to participate and agree to limits on campaign contributions and expenditures. 

Under this program, two $50 'credits' are issued to each registered voter, who assigns them to participating candidates. The credits are redeemed from the program, which is funded by an annual state general-fund appropriation of $9 per registered voter

 

OTHER THINGS SOUTH DAKOTANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MEASURE 22

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TAXPAYERS?

The program is estimated to spend $12 million each election.

WILL IT INCREASE GOVERNMENT?

Yes.  Measure 22 is 34 pages long. It creates several new government agencies and dozens of new regulations, as well as an appointed ethics commission to administer the credit program and to enforce campaign finance and lobbying laws. 

IS IT CONSTITUTIONAL?

The Attorney General has indicated that if approved, Measure 22 could be challenged in court on constitutional grounds.

See the Attorney General’s full explanation of the measure here.

 

 
 
 

SEE WHAT BOTH SIDES HAVE TO SAY ABOUT MEASURE 22

YES ON 22 

NO ON 22

 
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