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South Dakotans for
Ethics Reform

What does this initiative do?

The South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act is a homegrown effort to prevent corruption in our state.

The Government Accountability and Anti-corruption Act fixes glaring holes in South Dakota's ethics laws - increasing transparency for voters, closing lobbying loopholes, and ramping up enforcement and punishment for rule-breakers.

South Dakotans want their politicians to represent them, not big money.

South Dakota voters overwhelmingly support the Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act.

The people of South Dakota have the right to fight corruption at the ballot box.

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Initiated Measure
Attorney General's Statement


An initiated measure to revise State campaign finance and lobbying laws, crate a publicity fund campaign finance program, create an ethics commission, and appropriate funds.


This measure extensively revises Sate camping finance laws. It requires additional disclosures and increased reporting. It lowers contribution amounts to political action committees; political parties; and candidates for statewide, legislative, or county office. It also imposes limits on contributions from candidate campaign committees, political action committees, and political parties.

The measure creates a publicly funded campaign finance program for statewide and legislative candidates who choose to participate and agree to limits on campaign contributions and expenditures. Under the program, two $50 "credits" are issued to each registered voter, who assign them to participating candidates. The credits are redeemed from the program, which is funded by an annual State general-fund appropriation of $9 per registered voter. The program fund may not exceed $12 million at any time.

The measure creates an appointed ethics commission to administer the credit program and to enforce campaign finance and lobbying laws.

The measure prohibits certain State officials and high-level employees from lobbying until two years after leaving State government. It also places limitations on lobbyists' gifts to certain state officials and staff members.

If approved, the measure may be challenged in court on constitutional grounds.

South Dakotans for
Ethics Reform