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East River Attack PAC Really Bad at Paperwork, Backed by EB-5 Players

In small ball, I notice that Spencer Cody has submitted a revised Statement of Organization for his attack PAC East River Concerned Citizens. I noticed this week that he failed to include the city in the physical address of his PAC, making it hard for interested citizens and journalists to contact his PAC and ask why they are spreading exaggerations and insults about Rep. Kathy Tyler (D-4/Big Stone City).

East River Concerned Citizens PAC, original incomplete statement of organization, 2014.09.14
East River Concerned Citizens PAC, original incomplete statement of organization, 2014.09.14

Quick like a bunny, Cody penciled "Hoven, SD 57450" into his address:

East River Concerned Citizens PAC, amended but still incomplete statement of organization, 2014.10.23
East River Concerned Citizens PAC, amended but still incomplete statement of organization, 2014.10.23

But Cody still left off the full address for his PAC's bank. The PAC's web address also leads nowhere, showing the East River PAC has twice filed an incomplete and evasive campaign report.

In big ball, Cody has filed his PAC's pre-general campaign finance report. So far, ERCC (yes, pronounce the acronym; it's appropriate) has spent $4,871 on advertising and $766.41 on printing. I assume that's the split between the bullying radio ad and the postcards Cody is sending to attack Rep. Tyler. (Postcards, but no entry for postage? Cody, do you need a campaign finance paperwork class? Or do you just need class?)

That's pretty much ERCC's whole kitty so far. It's donations came from four sources:

  • Harvey Jewett: $1,000
  • Rudy Nef: $1,000
  • Brown for Senate: $1,000
  • Codington County Republican Central Committee: $2,650

Harvey Jewett is the Aberdeen lawyer and Regent who's been implicated in the EB-5 scandal and who would have been in a position to keep the Board of Regents from paying attention to what the EB-5 program was doing on the Northern State University campus through December 2009.

Rudy Nef is chairman of the board at the Valley Queen Cheese factory in Milbank. Valley Queen runs on milk produced by area dairies, many of which were funded with EB-5 visa investment dollars.

Senator Corey Brown (R-23/Gettyburg) has consistently fought Rep. Tyler's effort to get the Legislature's Executive Board to discuss evidence of mismanagement and fraud in the state's EB-5 program. He blocked that discussion last month with the specious claim that the Legislature has no authority to discuss criminal activity. Senator Brown has also personally demeaned Rep. Tyler, insulting her expertise and research on EB-5.

Cody says in his statement of organization that ERCC's mission is "advocating traditional South Dakota values and economic growth." I get the impression the purpose is less the former and more the latter, as three of its four reported donors appear inclined to keep easy money like EB-5 flowing into their friends' pockets than in promoting traditional South Dakota values like honesty, open government, and civility.


  1. lesliengland 2014.10.25

    Hoven, maybe. poor guy forgot it twice in one app! transactional detail hahahahah

  2. Wayne Pauli 2014.10.25

    Just an FYI which also ties the financial sources is that Rudy used to be on the BOR. At a DSU Commencement he fell off the back of the risers...Thune was the speaker and was sitting next to him. He looked down at Rudy and did nothing to help him get up...oh the little things I remember.

  3. lesliengland 2014.10.25

    nef was on Board of Regents and is on the board of SD right wing think tank Great Plains Pub. Policy Institute with familiar others appointed to various boards by rounds or daugaard

  4. lesliengland 2014.10.25

    is that cheese or KOCH i smell? links to SD State Policy Network, ALEC too, lakotacountrytimes, 11.28.13

  5. 96Tears 2014.10.25

    The Rounds Racketeering Scammers strike back! The hogs don't like being interrupted when they are feasting.

  6. jerry 2014.10.25

    Looks like a couple more turds have surfaced in this criminal enterprise. Good that we know who they are so they can also be indicted with their capo's Rounds and Daugaard.
    There really must be some bite in this FBI investigation for these low level criminals to put their names on a hit list to silence a detractor. Rats on the ship know when it is listing.

  7. Lanny V Stricherz 2014.10.25

    Yes Jerry, It is listing but we need to hope and pray that the voters will finally sink it next month.

  8. Lanny V Stricherz 2014.10.25

    Thanks Larry K, that is the first time I have seen the entire story on Costello saying that Skjonsberg's vote was not a conflict of interest. I sure hope that down the road a judge sees otherwise.

  9. Tim 2014.10.25

    Lanny, don't hold your breath waiting for SD voters to sink the republican ship, so far they don't seem inclined to do so.

  10. larry kurtz 2014.10.25

    My pleasure, Lanny: just another day in the ditch that is Pierre.

  11. Lanny V Stricherz 2014.10.25

    Tim, I am not talking about the Republican ship. I am talking about the ship with MMR as its captain, which has been fleecing the taxpayers, particularly our education system and the infrastructure of the State for 12 years, If the captain is dumped maybe it will get the attention of the other corrupt players in these schemes.

  12. Tim 2014.10.25

    Lanny, when push comes to shove, I don't think they will dump MMR either. Rounds is flooding west river radio and teevee with the same shit he has been talking for two years, and the idiots out here are buying it lock, stock and barrel.

  13. Tim 2014.10.25

    If MMR is going to be dumped, east river voters will have to do it, people here won't.

  14. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.25

    The EB-5 money flow continues.
    First the cream of the $167 million in Northern Beef Packers is missing, next we have the Bollen/Rounds immigration fee scam, add to that the crony REDI Fund loans and the Governor's Future Fund donations to Republican cronies: It all comes down to follow that EB-5 money right into the coffers of Republican campaigns.

  15. Jana 2014.10.25

    I wish the South Dakota Newspaper Association, Bob Mercer, the Argus, KELOLAND, KSFY, KDLT, Yankton and Brookings would combine forces to do a fact check story on all of the ads that have run.

    The voters deserve the truth before voting and this is just one example among many.

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