Three Senate Democrats on the Finance Committee sent a letter this week to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin requesting documents related to a South Dakota-registered company registered to alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. 

The letter specifically asks for documents showing relevant financial links between the NRA, its associated entities and Maria Butina. They reference that request includes documents from Bridges LLC registered by Butina and South Dakota political operative Paul Erickson. 


Sen. John Thune (R-SD) serves on the Finance Committee and didn’t sign the letter. KELOLAND Investigates reached out to Thune’s office to see why he didn’t sign the letter. We will update this story when we hear back. 


As KELOLAND News investigates first reported in Dec. 2017, Butina started the business in South Dakota.


Butina and Vermillion native Erickson formed the limited liability company in 2016 in South Dakota called Bridges LLC, according to the South Dakota Secretary of State.

It’s unclear what that company does.

KELOLAND News checked with the Secretary of State’s office and Bridges LLC is listed as delinquent in their filings.

KELOLAND’s Angela Kennecke paid a visit to the address listed for both Butina and Erickson in the Bridges business filling in an apartment building on West 57th Street in Sioux Falls in December 2017. She talked to Erickson briefly. KELOLAND’s Don Jorgensen has since visited, but no one has answered. 

In a statement, her lawyers denies Butina was “an agent of the Russian Federation.”