I never will take special interests’ money

I never will take special interests’ money

My 7th Promise to South Dakota: I will refuse all PAC, corporate, and national party money.
Congress is broken; both parties are responsible, controlled by special interests and Wall Street, while failing to help ordinary Americans afford healthcare which is now twice that of other developed nations.
We won’t fix it by sending more career politicians. Change will need to come from outside politics.
As a judge, my duty, every day, was to listen to both sides, then try to do what was right. It was my duty was to try to do the right thing every time. No one would think it would be right for a judge to accept money from one side of a case before ruling on it.
That’s why I’ve refused to accept any PAC, corporate, or national party money. I’ll be the voice of working families. You can’t stand up for ordinary Americans and against the Special Interests if you take their money. You’ll never have to wonder who I represent.
So this race gives voters a clear choice between an entrenched member of the Pierre establishment who has benefited from more than half a million dollars of PAC and Super PAC dollars – and me. I don’t consider Dusty Johnson my real opponent though. My opponents are the special interests and Congressional leaders who want to control politicians like Dusty, because all that money he has accepted will be a debt he owes if we elect him.
Dusty is an affable guy who represents the classic revolving door Pierre establishment politician: twice elected to the PUC, leaves to take a better job as the governor’s chief of staff, then entered the private sector with a six-figure job in the industry he was charged with regulating, relying heavily even now on contributions from utility executives.
Those special interests Dusty takes his money from aren’t giving it to him because they believe he’ll make a fine Congressman from South Dakota, but because they want to own and control him.
This kind of politics is why Congress has become so dysfunctional and why it doesn’t represent the voice of those who elected them. It’s because they have become addicted to special interest money to get them elected and keep them in office. It’s why pharmaceutical prices are 2,7, even 10 times what other nations pay and why our healthcare rates are twice as much as the rest of developed nations while leaving more out of access to timely care than all others. And why we have such low workforce participation rates despite an abundance of jobs; and why we imprison more than any other. And why, today, nearly two-thirds of Americans had no rise in take home pay as a result of the tax cuts, but the average person who earns $1 Million will see savings of around $70,000 per year.
And why, after the tax cuts and other spending, our current majority in Congress has brought us permanent annual $1 Trillion deficits: we take in $3 Trillion and are spending $4 Trillion. What will we do when the next recession comes and we need to stimulate the economy? This has caused inflation to spike, driving up home mortage and other rates.
Meanwhile, we’re left with a loophole-riddled tax code that still hasn’t been reformed, and all of it paid for with a bad check our children and voiceless future generations will have to make good.
While Wall Street has thrived, Main Street and farm families have struggled. Tariffs – which are taxes on Americans – are devastating our economy, and farm prices are at decade lows, so that our state economy has fallen behind the rest of America over the last eight years blockage of Country-of- Origin labeling.
Meanwhile, our own delegation and would-be Congressman stand by, unwilling to stand up for South Dakotans.
It’s time for change. I won’t be a lapdog for the president or any congressional leader and no one will own me.
As we’ve travelled all across South Dakota from Sisseton to Edgemont, from Buffalo to Beresford and 180 other communities, this campaign has caught people’s imaginations. South Dakotans It appeals to their belief that the people still are in charge in this country under law and it should be that way in reality once again.
I’m not running against any person or party, but for South Dakota and America. And together we’ll decide if we want to be identified by our fears and prejudices or by our aspirations.
On November 6, in the quiet of a booth, you get to decide who you want to be your voice in Congress. Please give me your vote – so that I can restore to South Dakota a strong, independent voice for us, free of special interest or party control that represents the best of who we are. You’ll never have to wonder who I represent.