One of the most blatant examples of corruption in South Dakota comes from the area of education. Not only do we have the unfortunate Gear-up scandal, we also witnessed a sales tax increase that was pushed by the School Administrators of South Dakota and the Associated School Boards of South Dakota lobbies. Cory Heidelberger is now uses these two lobby groups to push for a loophole in IM22 so that the corruption in education can continue, as he reacted to Brock Greenfield's decision to quit his substitute teaching job in order to comply with IM22:
Greenfield says that since the schools hire lobbyists, he can’t work for the schools. My search of the lobbyist registry shows no lobbyists hired by Clark, Henry, Florence, or Doland. Yes, there are lobbyists hired by the School Administrators of South Dakota and the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, but unless Greenfield’s subbing checks come signed by SASD or ASBSD, he’s in the clear to keep subbing if he really wants.
While Cory's gang of bigoted mean-spirited Neo-Marxists attack Greenfield in the comment section, Heidelberger comes up with this gem:
Donald’s comment gets me thinking… maybe Brock is looking at the Anti-Corruption Act all wrong. Maybe it’s not about kicking legislators out of their day jobs. Maybe it’s about reining in lobbyists. If the Anti-Corruption Act prevents employers of lobbyists from also hiring legislators, then maybe those employers (schools, banks, what have you) need to not hire lobbyists. Maybe instead of supporting a professional class of power brokers in Pierre, our public schools need to send in their own teachers and principals and school board members to speak on their own behalf, from their own experience. If the principal who testifies in Pierre on her own behalf isn’t a registered lobbyist, then that principal can still come home and hire a legislator who also happens to be the best-qualified teacher in the pool.
Did you discuss that possibility with your school boards, Brock? Or were you so determined to engage in this political grandstanding that you didn’t consider your alternatives?
That was the alternative that IM10 would have provided if it would have been passed in 2008. THis is what the Rapid City Journal said with a reported titled, "IM 10: Ending 'corruption' or 'gag' law?":
Attorney General Larry Long's ballot explanation says Initiated Measure 10 would prohibit state and local governments and their officers and employees, as well as independent contractors and consultants, from using government resources for campaigning or lobbying. It contains exceptions to allow those officials to communicate with legislative and public bodies.
It also would bar people who hire legislators from getting government contacts and bar holders of no-bid contracts and their families from contributing to candidate campaigns.
Board member Wes Storm said the ballot measure would be detrimental to any board, and especially for educational boards.
Members drive to Pierre several times during the legislative session to speak to lawmakers about education, and expenses are paid with district funds - taxpayer money - which Storm believes would violate the proposed law.
The measure's proponents say it would stop the use of taxpayer dollars for lobbying and political campaigns and stop politicians from spending tax dollars to funnel money to government employee union officials who, they say, spend their funds lobbying against South Dakota values. They also say the measure mirrors the Open and Clean Government Act and would clean up corruption in the political process.
Both political parties opposed it:
"It helps them and gags us," Karl Adam and Jack Billion wrote in the "con" section of the ballot explanation, which is compiled for each state election by the Office of Secretary of State.
Adam is chairman of the state Republican Party, and Billion is chairman of the state Democratic Party.Dusty Johnson, public utilities commissioner and member of Conservatives Against Initiative 10, said the measure ties the hands of local governments and provides legislators with less information on which to base decisions.
That was when I learned Dusty Johnson was a faux conservative. And Brock Greenfield was also a member of the Conservatives Against Initiative 10, so Cory Heidelberger is not breaking new ground here. It was the promotion of lies, lead by a million dollars given to the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce by the National Education Association that prevented the South Dakota voters from knowing the truth about corruption in 2008. Here is what I said about that:
And remember the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and the National Education Association partnership that stood in opposition to IM10. The Chamber is a GOP political ally, while the NEA is a Democrat political ally. Together, they work to make big government a bipartisan agenda. The only fight is over who controls most of the money. At the National level, currently the Democrats have control. But when the pork enters South Dakota, it is the RINOs of the South Dakota GOP, and not the Democrats, who have control over how the money is spent. It is only true conservatives who oppose big government, and that is why the leadership of the SD GOP only wants conservative votes, not our principles.
IM22 will not stop the corruption in Pierre. The Educrats and the Crony Capitalists will find ways to work around it. If want to reduce corruption, then we need to reduce the size and scope of government. Cory Heidelberger and the big government Democrats won't go for that, so they too are part of what makes South Dakota so corrupt. And by pointing that out will get you kicked out of Madville.
UPDATE: Here are those that were on the Conservatives Against Initiative 10 Steering Committee:
Steering Committee members include:
• Brock Greenfield, Clark
• Dusty Johnson, Mitchell
• Troy Jones, Sioux Falls
• Doug Knust, Chamberlain
• Kristi Noem, Castlewood
• Jeff Partridge, Rapid City
• Dana Randall, Aberdeen
• Larry Rhoden, Union Center
• Lee Schoenbeck, Watertown
• Jim Seward, Belle Fourche
Here is a list of those who funded the opposition to IM10:
One feature of IM 10 seeks to prohibit governments from assisting in the collection of dues for organizations which engage in lobbying, campaigns or partisan activity. Consequently the National Education Association, the labor organization which represents teachers and other school personnel, has contributed $1.1 million to the effort to defeat IM 10.
Other proposed restrictions in IM 10 would limit the political involvement of business owners with government contracts, as well as three generations of their relatives and their employees. The changes also aim at associations which represent governments, such as the South Dakota Municipal League.
A broad coalition of opponents formed as a result. Beside NEA, other direct contributors to “no” side include:
Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (Ortonville, Minn.) $30,000;
Forward Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls) $20,000;
South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Pierre) $18,000;
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (Washington, D.C.) $5,000;
Electrical Workers No. 426 (Sioux Falls) $4,000;
South Dakota Rural Electric Association (Pierre) $3,000;
No on E Committee (Pierre) $2,614;
Alliance Communications (Garretson) $2,500;
Associated General Contractors (Pierre) $2,000;
Golden West Communications (Wall) $2,000;
Venture Communications (Highmore) $1,500;
Valley Telephone (Herreid) $1,250;
$1,000 apiece from East River Electric Power Cooperative (Madison); Kennebec Telephone Company (Kennebec); Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce; Interstate Telecommunications (Clear Lake); James Valley Telecommunications (Groton); and Sioux Valley Energy (Colman); and
$500 apiece from South Dakota Insurance Alliance (Milbank); McCook Telephone (Salem); James Scull Jr. (Rapid City); and Heavy Contractors Inc. (Rapid City); and
Other contributions of $250 from Clay-Union Telephone (Vermillion) and $160 from Wayne Lueders (Pierre).
The No on 10 committee also received contributions from four political action committees: $5,000 from South Dakota Retailers Association (Pierre); $200 from The Second Century PAC (Sioux Falls); $2,000 from SDAWRS PAC (rural water systems, Sioux Falls); and $1,000 from Independent Community Bankers (Mitchell).
The committee also received in-kind contributions (non-cash) valued at $23,572 from the National Education Association (Washington, D.C.); $9,940 from Midcontinent Communications (Sioux Falls); and $1,431 from the South Dakota Retailers Association (Pierre).