South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant has launched a potentially useful upgrade of the state's campaign finance reporting system. Gant's press release calls the new "Campaign Account Statement History" (CASH!) system "the most significant development in campaign finance for SD in over a decade."
I'll believe that when I see it, because right now when I hit the Donation Search page, I find no data. The "Choose Campaign or Committee" button is broken and won't let me type an entry.
I assume this is a work in progress. Perhaps Pat Powers still needs to upload the actual data. Let's hope they get on that, and let's hope that our state staffers will have time to populate the database with data from past years as well as taking in the data candidates will start entering in the new system for 2011 and 2012.