...and Stan Adelstein... and country-club Republicans.

Credit my eager readers for getting me thinking about this: Senator Dan Lederman's Rushmore PAC is leading the litigious countercharge to protect the thin-skinned GOP Legislative leadership from free speech. Where does the Rushmore PAC get the money for that? Much of it comes from out of state. According to OpenSecrets.org, Rushmore PAC has received 38 individual donations over $200 during the current election cycle. Three quarters of the $33,600 kicked in by those donors comes from outside South Dakota:

Contrib Occupation Date Amount
ROSEN, JEFFREY H
AVENTURA, FL 33180 TRIANGLE FINANCIAL SERVICES 03/05/12 $5,000
BURNS, CHERYL L
CORTLAND, OH 44410 BAIL USA INC. 06/24/11 $5,000
PEDERSON, LES
DAKOTA DUNES, SD 57049 EAGLE INTERNATIONAL 06/29/11 $2,500
BARRY, MICHAEL E
MINNETONKA, MN 55305 TWIN CITY FAN 05/25/11 $2,000
GUZMAN, KRISTOPHER
HALLANDALE, FL 33009 CUSHMAN ELEMENTARY 12/29/11 $1,500
GOLD, DOUG
SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91403 RICHARDSON & PATEL LLP 12/30/11 $1,000
LEDERMAN, DAN
DAKOTA DUNES, SD 57049 LEDERMAN BONDING COMPANY 12/30/11 $1,000
ADELSTEIN, STANFORD
RAPID CITY, SD 57709 NORTHWESTERN ENGINEERING CO. 06/30/11 $1,000
KOCH, JARROD
EL SEGUNDO, CA 90245 PREMIER IT 06/30/11 $1,000
KRAGE, JOE
SIOUX CITY, IA 51101 UNITED REAL ESTATE 06/16/11 $1,000
GOOSMANN, CHADD D
DAKOTA DUNES, SD 57049 OVERHEAD DOOR 2006.11.12 $1,000
LEDERMAN, DAVID J
WATERLOO, IA 50703 LEDERMAN BONDING CO 2006.09.12 $1,000
LEDERMAN, JACOB B
DES MOINES, IA 50309 LEDERMAN BONDING CO 2006.09.12 $1,000
LEDERMAN, JOSHUA M
DAVENPORT, IA 52801 LEDERMAN BONDING CO 2006.09.12 $1,000
SHERMAN, STAN
SIOUX CITY, IA 51102 N/A 06/30/11 $600
DUNHAM, DONALD JR
SIOUX FALLS, SD 57104 DUNHAM COMPANY 11/17/11 $500
BRAINARD, MATTHEW
LOS ANGELES, CA 90064 STUDLEY, INC. 06/22/11 $500
ADELSTEIN, STANFORD
RAPID CITY, SD 57709 NORTHWESTERN ENGINEERING CO. 06/30/11 $500
ALBENESIUS, MARK
DAKOTA DUNES, SD 57049 ALBENESIUS CONTRACTING 06/16/11 $500
FELDMAN, DAVID N
WOODMERE, NY 11598 RICHARDSON & PATEL LLP 06/23/11 $500
GOOSMANN, CHADD
DAKOTA DUNES, SD 57049 COFFEE KING 06/30/11 $500
HASAN, ALI
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA 92648 SELF-EMPLOYED 06/13/11 $500
WELLS, DAVID R
SANTA MONICA, CA 90405 SIONIX CORPORATION 06/15/11 $500
WORMSER, JASON
REDONDO BEACH, CA 90278 FOX SOCCER 06/22/11 $500
BERGER, MARC
NEW ROCHELLE, NY 10804 SELF-EMPLOYED 06/29/11 $250
ABRAHAMSON, DINAH Y
OMAHA, NE 11213 FEMA 06/27/11 $250
BALLARD, RENA
DAKOTA DUNES, SD 57049 N/A 06/30/11 $250
MUENSTER, TOM
SIOUX FALLS, SD 57104 NAVCRAFT 07/15/11 $250
HOCKENBERG, HARLAN
WEST DES MOINES, IA 50265 COPPOLA, MCCONVILLE, COPPOLA, HOCKENBE 07/15/11 $250
GOLD, STEVEN
PEARL CITY, HI 96782 SELF EMPLOYED 07/29/11 $250
ROSEN, DANIEL N
MINNETONKA, MN 55305 PARKER ROSEN, LLC 06/30/11 $250
LANTIS, DON
DAKOTA DUNES, SD 57049 LANTIS FIREWORKS 06/30/11 $250
LOHRY, DIRK
NORTH SIOUX CITY, SD 57049 NULEX 06/30/11 $250
MENDELSOHN, JOEL
TARZANA, CA 91356 LEGAL OPTION GROUP, INC. 06/29/11 $250
PARKER, ANDREW D
MINNETONKA, MN 55305 PARKER ROSEN, LLC 06/30/11 $250
SONDERLING, KEITH
BOCA RATON, FL 33431 GUNSTER 06/27/11 $250
SU, MEI HUEY
TORRANCE, CA 90502 LACLEDE INC. 06/13/11 $250
TRAGER, MICHAEL I
MINEOLA, NY 11501 SELF-EMPLOYED 06/24/11 $250

Of the $8,500 from South Dakota donors, $1500 comes from Senator Stanford Adelstein (R-32/Rapid City). $6,000 comes from Lederman and a handful of his Dakota Dunes country club neighbors.

I somehow doubt that the robocall attacks on the SDGOP leadership are coming from any country-club crowd. But if we can just show that, like the Rushmore PAC lawsuit, the robocalls are funded largely by out-of-state donations, maybe we can ignore the whole fracas.

Of course, if the robocallers will simply step out from behind their anonymity and show they are good salt-of-the-earth Republicans fighting a bunch of out-of-state fat cats... well, golly, fellas! You might have yourselves one more campaign issue!