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Bosworth Claiming $900K in Donations, Still Not Paying Campaign Staff

A source tells me that fake U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth claims that she has raised over $900,000 in beer money thanks to a massive grassroots campaign. We know the grassroots claim to be baloney: hiring a direct-mail company to bombard easily duped retirees far away from your home state with manipulative letters is not a grassroots campaign.

But whatever way the money is coming in, it's still not going out to the people Bosworth has hired. Two months after leaving Team Bosworth, former campaign consultant Ethan Crisp still hasn't received his last paycheck from Annette Bosworth. From the leaky Bosworth bucket, here's Crisp's latest request for payment:

Annette Bosworth, MD for US Senate:

This is a formal and respectful request that I be sent my outstanding balance from work performed in December, 2013 totaling $2,000.00 As of Sunday, March 23rd 2014 this has yet to be received.

On March 6th, 2014 you posted on your Twitter page, "@AnnetteBosworth: Thank you South Dakota for an amazing February. The Bosworth For US Senate campaign received over $210,000 in don..."

Let me be the first to congratulate the campaign on such a huge month of fundraising! That is amazing!

I ask that you send full payment to me by Friday, March 28th 2014 [Ethan Crisp, letter to Annette Bosworth, 2014.03.23].

Bosworth has not yet framed Crisp for stealing documents, as she has with other former employees to justify not handing them their payments due.

And permit me to posit that on March 6, Annette Bosworth stretched the truth. Only 14 out of about 200 itemized donors on Bosworth's 2013 Q4 report were from South Dakota. The chances that Annette Bosworth got $210,000 in don or Mazacoin or anything else just from South Dakotans are less than the chances of Democrats winning Jim Risch's Senate seat in Idaho.


  1. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.03.23

    Key words abused in that statement: "focus" and "viable".

  2. El Rayo X 2014.03.23

    Ethan, have you received your 2013 1099 from Bosworth for Senate? If so, did her total include your final paycheck?

  3. owen reitzel 2014.03.23

    I wonder why Cory this has not made the so-called mainstream news. KELO, KSFY or the newspapers?

  4. Nick Nemec 2014.03.23

    Hopefully when she actually files nominating petitions the "liberal media" will see fit to report on the financial hi-jinks.

  5. owen reitzel 2014.03.23

    I hope so Nick. I hope so

  6. Sam 2014.03.23

    Mike Rounds makes the Boz look like a Saint

  7. Disgusted Dakotan 2014.03.23

    Okay, riddle me this, Batman.. Bosworth is now claiming she has raised over $1 Million from over 20K "grass roots" supporters, but she is paying people to beg for signatures for her petition???

  8. grudznick 2014.03.23

    In all fairness, people have gossiped that she is paying people to beg for signatures. I have seen no evidence or media coverage of such paying. You people are supposed to be reasonable but you say things 5 times and then you believe it.

  9. owen reitzel 2014.03.23

    but Grud she's say she raised $900,000 and hasn't paid people who worked on her campaign.
    Are we supposed to ignore it?

  10. grudznick 2014.03.23

    No, sir. She should pay what is owed. I am saying I have seen no evidence that she is paying people to collect signatures.

    The young woman should pay her employees regardless. There is something twisted oddly in that little head of hers when it comes to living in reality, I fear.

  11. owen reitzel 2014.03.23

    I guess I haven't seen evidence of that either Grud.

  12. Roger Cornelius 2014.03.23

    I don't think that paying someone to collect signatures is a real problem, be it a Democrat or Republican. If that is what a candidate has to do, so be it.

    I seriously doubt a voter is going to say, "I'm not going to vote for so and so because she hired people to get petition signatures".

    This is in no way an endorsement of Bosworth.

  13. Disgusted Dakotan 2014.03.24

    @Roger C, I think the voters should have that information. Bosworth IS paying people to get her signatures even as she claims she has 21 Thousand grass roots supporters. Campaigns like hers, Pressler, and from what I am hearing, Ravnsberg, having to pay someone to collect signatures shows they do NOT have grass roots support in SD. Grass roots supporters are what a candidate must have in order to get elected.

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