Bjorkman: No PAC or special interest money; just people serving people

Bjorkman: No PAC or special interest money; just people serving people

I’ve pledged to run a campaign free of special interest political action committees (PACs), corporate and national party money. Unlike me, Dusty has taken over $221,000 of PAC dollars. On the other hand, I’ve lived up to the exact promise I made to voters – at significant sacrifice to our fundraising. 
That’s OK, because individuals made up the difference.
During last night’s SDPB Congressional Forum, Dusty showed he’s willing to distort truth in order to divert attention from how he’s sold out to special interest PACs and corporate PACs. So much for Dusty’s clean campaign pledges. Now, it’s obvious that Dusty pored through our more than 5000 individual donations in this campaign, and couldn’t find a single PAC or national party donation among them. None.
So what’s left for him other than explaining why he took all that money? Distort the truth.
He did just that by claiming donations from six individuals — two-thirds of it from former Sen. Tom Daschle – is special interest money. That isn’t truthful. Each of those individuals made individual gifts out of their own pockets,  not on behalf of any special interest.
I’m proud to have Sen. Daschle’s support and that of the other donors – either South Dakota natives, former workers for Sen. Tim Johnson, or in one case a former North Dakota congressman. They believe in my message of reform and gave out of their own pockets to help a reformer.
Our campaign has received the vast majority of it’s donations – most of them relatively small – from South Dakotans. I’m honored and humbled by the trust and confidence every one of these as well as each of our thousands of donors has placed in our joint cause to reform Congress.
Does Dusty feel similarly proud to have accepted money from the 90 or so special interest PACs who gave him over $220,000? Those groups, like the Koch Brothers aren’t giving him money because they believe he’ll be a great congressman for South Dakota, but because they want him to be the next congressman for Koch Brothers.
I’m glad Dusty has raised this distortion, because he’s not only acknowledging that he feels the heat in this campaign, but more importantly, he acknowledges what I’ve been saying all along: the central theme of this election should be special interest PAC money — and Super PAC dark ads — and their harmful impact on the democratic process.
I will be a voice for all the people in Congress, not just the PACs who control Washington, and that includes not spinning the truth to try to make political points.
Finally, rather than doing as promised and publishing the amounts they gave, Dusty just published names leaving the opportunity to further distort. So I’ll include them here:
Name Relation to the Campaign  Amount to Date  Contribution Dates
Dwight Fettig South Dakotan  $500.00 3/30/18 – $500
Haroon Khan Former Tim Johnson Staffer, Friend of adviser Drey Samuelson  $500.00 12/31/17 – $500
Earl Pomeroy Former North Dakota Congressman  $500.00 3/31/18 – $500
Tom Daschle Former South Dakota Senator  $5,400.00 2/14/18 – $2700, 6/27/18 – $2700
Greg Billings Father of a Campaign Intern  $250.00 8/31/18 – $250
Nikki Heidepriem South Dakotan  $500.00 8/31/18 – $500
Total Given:  $7,650.00