Have you ever seen cockroaches scurry when a light turns on? That’s exactly what South Dakota lobbyists and political establishment look like following passage of America’s first statewide Anti-Corruption Act.
The Act is the most comprehensive, transformative Anti-Corruption Act in American history. And it’s already having an impact.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s happened since the Act passed:
- Political parties are telling politicians not to take large gifts from lobbyists.
- Lobbyists have canceled events: First a lobbyist welcome dinner for politicians, then a mixer, a social and more.
- Lobbyists are resigning: Two lobbyists resigned from the state Transportation Commission because the law will now limit elected officials from accepting more than $100 annually.
- Politicians are complaining they’ll have to pay for their own meals and travel expenses because lobbyists can no longer wine and dine them.
- Just before the Act became law, politicians openly scrambled to announce 2018 election plans, create new accounts and funnel money knowing tough new limits were coming.
- Special interest groups are planning to attack: A Virginia-based group funded by the Koch Network is threatening a lawsuit.
- ALEC’s former chair in the South Dakota legislature is spinning lies about cutting programs in an attempt to scare voters.
As you can see, corruption doesn’t like sunlight – and now it’s out in the open in South Dakota.