Lobbyists bankroll effort to stop lobbyists from gifting legislators

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Big money interests are working hard to protect their pay to play culture in South Dakota

Surprise, surprise. Opposition to a South Dakota ballot measure that would ban gifts from lobbyists to legislators has primarily come from lobbyists, and their deep pocketed clients.

> According to campaign finance figures reviewed by Sludge, only $6,000 of the roughly $181,000 raised by the campaign opposing Amendment W came from individuals. The rest has come from groups with registered lobbyists in the state like the South Dakota Bankers Association, which contributed $25,000, and the South Dakota Chamber, which contributed $50,650. The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, which also lobbies within the state, donated another $25,000 to efforts to oppose the amendment.

Voters passed a similar ethics law two years ago, but in a brazen move the South Dakota legislature simply repealed it. This time the reforms will go into the state constitution, safe from legislative tampering.

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