It’s intriguing when someone hand-delivers the organization documents for a new political action committee to the offices of the Federal Elections Commission. That’s what happened on May 13, when the paperwork was turned in for something called Rushmore PAC. The treasurer is Rena Ballard, the street address is Suite 2111 at 3700 S. Westport at Sioux Falls, and the deposit bank is Liberty National Bank in Dakota Dunes. The PAC’s mid-year report shows $20, 250 was raised between Jan. 1 and June 30, and $4,581 was disbursed, with $481 for operating expenses and $4,000 being distributed to candidates.
Who gave money to it? Stan Adelstein of Rapid City made two contributions totaling $2,500. Les Pederson of Dakota Dunes donated $2,500. But otherwise a lot of the money came from outside South Dakota. For instance Cheryl Burns of Cortland, Ohio, gave $5,000. Jarrod Koch of El Segundo, California, put in $1,000. Joe Krage of Sioux City, Iowa, contributed $1,000. The majority of contributors show addresses from other than South Dakota.
Who’s getting money from the PAC? Florida U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner, Florida U.S. Rep. Allen West, Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, Colorado U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, South Dakota U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Arizona U.S. Rep. David Schweikert each received $500. All are Republicans.
UPDATE: After this post, state Sen. Dan Lederman, R-Dakota Dunes, stepped forward and issued a news release announcing he had formed the PAC. He describes Rushmore PAC as “devoted to supporting candidates who adhere to the conservative ideals of: Peace Through Strength, a Balanced Budget Amendment and Energy Independence.” He said Doug Gold is the PAC’s executive director.