Photo of 2/3 page ad calling on South Dakota Legislature to reverse its decision to spend tax dollars on ALEC dues and travel expenses, Brookings Register, 2013.05.22

Photo of 2/3 page ad calling on South Dakota Legislature to reverse its decision to spend tax dollars on ALEC dues and travel expenses, Brookings Register, 2013.05.22

As of this early morning, 791 people have signed this online petition protesting our Legislature's use of tax dollars to pay dues to the crony-capitalist American Legislative Exchange Council for all 105 of its members and their travel expenses to ALEC meetings.

Turn to Page A7 of yesterday's Brookings Register, and you will find 162 South Dakotans signing on to an advertisement purchased to make that protest to the offline public. The signatories include five Democratic South Dakota legislators: Reps. Kathy Tyler (4-Big Stone City), Scott Parsley (8-Madison), Paula Hawks (9-Hartford), Karen Soli (15-Sioux Falls), and Pat Kirschman (15-Sioux Falls). Also signing are a few past legislators, legislative candidates, and a couple of bloggers who have given ALEC's capture of our Legislature some attention.

Below is a full PDF of the protest sheet. Feel free to share it and the online petition with all of your online friends. If you'd like to see the ad in your local paper, give Phyllis Cole-Dai in Brookings a shout, chip in some cash, and make it happen!