November 7, 2018 •
South Dakota Passes Measure to Ban Out of State Donations but Defeats Campaign Finance Constitutional Amendment
South Dakota voters did not pass a constitutional amendment to create a campaign finance and government accountability board but passed a measure to ban out of state donations on ballot questions.
Amendment W would have had the power to regulate campaign finance and lobbying laws and create a government accountability board. The measure failed by a margin of 45 percent in favor with 55 percent against.
Initiated Measure 24 bans out of state campaign donations for ballot question committees by nonresidents, out of state political committees and other groups not filed with the Secretary of State. The measure passed by a margin of 56 percent in favor and 44 percent against.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley predicts that passage of Initiated Measure 24 may be challenged as an unconstitutional violation of free speech and ultimately a financial burden to tax payers.
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