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South Dakota Open and Clean Government Act

South Dakota Ballot Measure - Initiated Measure 10

Election: General Nov. 4, 2008 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Campaign Finance and Elections
Government Operations


State law prohibits the acceptance of campaign contributions from all government and tribal entities, expenditure of public funds to support or oppose ballot measures, and certain state and county contracts which financially benefit legislators.

Measure 10 would prohibit state and local governments, their officers, employees, independent contractors, consultants and candidates, from using government revenues or resources for campaigning or lobbying. Some communications and appearances before legislators and public bodies are exempted.

It would prohibit persons who employ legislators or recent legislators from obtaining government contracts. It would prohibit, until two years after contract termination: some public officers, candidates and their agents from soliciting, accepting or directing contributions from some holders of competitively bid government contracts and their family members; and no-bid government contract holders, their officers, employees, agents, vendors and family members from making contributions to, or independent expenditures for, all candidate campaigns.

The Secretary of State would be required to summarize government contracts over $500 on its website.

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