GOP spin machine Pat Powers completely ignores the story of fake U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth committing yet another crime by spam-soliciting and accepting a campaign contribution from a foreign national. But Pat Powers's least favorite gubernatorial candidate, Lora Hubbel, visits the Pine Ridge Reservation, gets a surprise donation of 50,000 Mazacoin, a flavor of Bitcoin, from local cryptocurrency peddler Payu Harris, and suddenly Powers adopts a keen interest in campaign finance rules about foreign donations.
Let's be clear: Lora Hubbel did not break the law in accepting a contribution from a Pine Ridge resident. Federal campaign finance laws aren't clear, but Hubbel is running for state office, and I don't think South Dakota state campaign finance statutes say anything about donations from foreign nationals. Besides, tribal members are citizens of the United States. Whatever the sovereignty status of Indian reservations, our Indian neighbors are as free to contribute to political campaigns as they are to vote.
The only problem for Hubbel is that she just accepted a mostly useless laminated computer printout. Hubbel will not be able to buy any campaign signs or TV time or gas for get-out-the-vote helpers on primary day with her Mazacoin. Hubbel will get more utility swatting flies or blowing her nose with that piece of paper than she will spending hours trying to find some vendor who would accept that piece of paper in exchance for goods and services of any value to her campaign.
The only cryptocurrency we should be discussing in this election is the secret money made by friends of Hubbel's opponent Governor Dennis Daugaard and his predecessor Mike Rounds on the GOED/EB-5 scandal.