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.


Here are some of the things that Measure 22 will do:

  • Creates a taxpayer-funded pool of resources for participating state legislative candidates to use for their campaigns
  • Requires additional political campaign disclosures and increased reporting
  • Requires private organizations who publicly talk about important issues to disclose full names and donation amounts of their supporters
  • Makes new government-run agencies to manage and run the fund
  • Lowers contribution amounts to candidates for statewide, legislative, or county office, as well as political action committees, and political parties
  • Imposes limits on contributions from candidate campaign committees, political action committees, and political parties.

 

HERE'S WHAT SOUTH DAKOTANS THINK ABOUT MEASURE 22:

Q: Measure 22 will revise State campaign finance and lobbying laws, create a taxpayer-funded campaign finance program, create an ethics commission, and spend new money from the state budget. 

26.78% - supportive
46.87% - opposed
26.35% - unsure or neutral

 

Q: Would you be more or less likely to support Measure 22 if you knew that it could result in up to 12 million taxpayer dollars being used to pay the costs of running political campaign for the state house and state senate, including things like lawn signs, political consultants, bumper stickers and pre-recorded robo calls?

61.12% - LESS LIKELY
14.25% - MORE LIKELY
24.62% - UNSURE OR WOULD NOT CHANGE

 
Q: Would you be more or less likely to support Measure 22 if you knew that the public disclosure of donors as required in Measure 22 has led to harassment and intimidation of donors in other states with similar laws?

52.48% - LESS LIKELY
19.65% - MORE LIKELY
27.86% - UNSURE OR WOULD NOT CHANGE

Q: Would you be more or less likely to support Measure 22 if you knew that your full name and home address could be searched online on a state website if you make donations to certain private charities?

63.28% - LESS LIKELY
18.36% - MORE LIKELY
18.36% - UNSURE OR WOULD NOT CHANGE

 
Q: Would you be more or less likely to support Measure 22 if you knew that most of the funding supporting the measure came from a group in Massachusetts?

65.87% - LESS LIKELY
12.74% - MORE LIKELY
21.38% - UNSURE OR WOULD NOT CHANGE

Q: Would you be more or less like to support Measure 22 if you knew that the Attorney General has stated that the measure may be challenged in court as unconstitutional?

49.03% - LESS LIKELY
26.16% - MORE LIKELY
24.84% - UNSURE OR WOULD NOT CHANGE

 
Q: Would you be more or less likely to support Measure 22 if you knew that the measure would prevent certain State
officials and high-level employees from lobbying until two years after leaving State government?

67.60% - LESS LIKELY
12.10% - MORE LIKELY
20.30% - UNSURE OR WOULD NOT CHANGE

Q: Would you be more or less likely to support Measure 22 if you knew it was 34 pages long creating several new state agencies and programs?

52.92% - more LIKELY
27.43% - less LIKELY
19.65% - UNSURE OR WOULD NOT CHANGE

Learn more about this poll here