S.D. GOP Opposes Open Government Ballot Measure

Sun, Jun 22 2008

Delegates to the Republican State Convention have approved a resolution urging voters to reject a ballot measure billed as an attempt to create a clean and open government.

The resolution opposing the ballot measure passed on a strong voice vote after some delegates said the proposed law would prevent many reputable organizations from lobbying the Legislature or local government, would bar thousands of people from donating to political campaigns and might be unconstitutional.

But supporters of the ballot measure argue it would clean up government by prohibiting taxpayer-funded lobbying, barring bureaucrats and contractors from trading campaign contributions for lucrative government contracts and requiring state government to create a searchable Internet site with information about government contracts.