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Senate Candidate Bosworth’s Second Land Raffle Sells No Tickets

Last updated on 2013.09.17

Last Tuesday I reported on Senate candidate Annette Bosworth's failure to draw a winner in her Moody County land raffle (which was reported to be raising money to send members of the National Guard 114th Fighter Wing and their families on an Alaska fishing vacation). I suggested ticketholders call Bosworth's non-profit Preventive Health Strategies and ask why the drawing hadn't taken place by July 15 as promised by the official rules.

It turns out I was talking to nobody. F.I.R.E. Missions, a Michigan non-profit incorporated just last March "to help children in Haiti live day to day and also to help educate and feed them," was helping PHS promote the raffle. F.I.R.E. Missions has a Raffle Ticket Holders page which lists... nobody. I contacted F.I.R.E. Missions through its contact page (the website offers no other contact information for the organization) for confirmation.

Registered agent and incorporator of F.I.R.E. Missions Jennifer Warren of Thompsonville, Michigan, replied this morning that Preventive Health Strategies sold no tickets for this raffle. Warren says the Moody County raffle "has been legally closed down by Preventive Health Strategies by their lawyer."

(Perhaps worth noting: when I followed up with a question about how F.I.R.E. Missions connected with Preventive Health Strategies and what other collaborations the two organizations have conducted or continue to conduct, Warren said "I have no comments at this time" and said I should direct any further questions about PHS to Annette.)

Preventive Health Strategies applied to the Secretary of State's office to conduct the Moody County raffle on April 26, 2012, just two weeks after successfully raffling off 160 acres of the Bosworth family farm in Aurora County. Annette Bosworth appears to have found all 500 people in South Dakota who were willing to spend $1000 on a 0.2% chance to acquire a small plot of farmland in her first raffle, and none were willing to take a second chance on another, smaller, apparently less farmable tract.

By the way, PHS then-exec Mathia Rall said in her April 26, 2012, raffle request letter that the Moody County land raffle would "provide funding for charitable activities within the strategic mission of PHS." Rall also wrote that the roughly 80 acres offered was worth at least $207,000. Rall's initial application made no mention of an alternative cash prize to the land.

Subsequent raffle rules offered ticketholders a choice between the land and $250,000, a significant mark-up on the estimated land value. And on April 16 of this year, Warren posted this note promoting the raffle on the F.I.R.E. Mission Team Facebook page:

This was on the 180 acres from LAST year, same concept, same organization, but they are allowing us F.I.R.E. Missions to raffle it off this year!

*** 80 Acres or $250k ***

Did I mention $50k of the ticket sales will STAY IN NORTHERN MI!?

Help me get the word out! Only 500 tickets will be sold! [Jennifer Warren, Facebook post, FIRE Missions Team, 2013.04.16]

Did you catch that penultimate line? $50K of sales stay in Michigan? Hmm... I didn't catch the part in the raffle rules or in Annette Bosworth's non-profit mission statement about helping the poor in Michigan.

With so many schemes a float, it's hard to tell what's happening in the mixed-up business/non-profit world of candidate Bosworth and her enterprising husband Chad Haber. But as it stands now, there is no raffle cash heading to Michigan or gathering dust in Chad Haber's locked desk at PHS. (I suspect Dr. Bosworth's Senate campaign fund will be similarly empty.)


  1. Owen Reitzel 2013.07.21

    and my question again on this Cory is were is the local media on this?

  2. Joan 2013.07.21

    A lot of the media doesn't do investigative reporting anymore. All they do is sit around and offer their opinions.

  3. Jerry 2013.07.21

    Media is not paid to ask questions anymore. They are paid to parrot what their owners and masters tell them to peddle. Take a look at the hard hitting reporting on what has been going on. As you probably know, there was a little burb about how much of a surplus South Dakota has and that was it. There is no accounting for how taxpayers can pay taxes for education and for the health and well being of our elderly in nursing homes and the like and not have that money go to those in need. It is a shame and dishonest, rainy day fund indeed, when you have as much money as we have and then cut services for our children and our disabled and elderly, that borders on criminal. If we do not use or need the money, give it back. Denny and the rest of these outlaws say we cannot trust government, then they prove it with their actions. Bos is just another example of republican crooked politics and the complete lack of enforcement by the media to hold them accountable.

  4. Owen Reitzel 2013.07.21

    Well said Jerry. You hit the nail on the head. You'll also never see any hard hitting on Sanford or Avera. Guess you is writing the big checks for advertising?

  5. hmr59 2013.07.21

    Jerry - Bravo!

    And as for "What's a" Bosworth and Hangin' Chad - I'm still not sure that this isn't some kind of high concept Sasha Baron Cohen production (ala "Borat") or just a lowbrow, low rent SD version of Sarah Palin. And I actually know people who are excited about her candidacy! Sigh, the handbasket gets a little bigger every day...

  6. caheidelberger Post author | 2013.07.22

    Call those people who are excited and talk them out of it before they hand over their money.

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