Measure 22: Campaign Finance Overhaul Approved

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Initiated Measure 22 has passed with 51.5 percent of the vote with 690 precincts reporting.

This measure will change South Dakota’s law to reign in out-of-state campaign financing and make the process more transparent.  

Initiated Measure 22 calls for additional disclosure and increased reporting. It also will lower contribution amounts to candidates, PACs and political parties and it limits lobbyist gifts.

A measure spokesman told KELOLAND News, a program will be put in place to give voters two $50 credits that they can give to candidates for their campaigns.  This money will come from the state’s general fund, but the spokesman says voters do not have to use their credits if they don’t want to.  If a candidate accepts that money it will limit the other donations he or she can receive.    

Another big component of this measure is the creation of an ethics commission.  

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