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BREAKING – Citizenship-for-sale scandal breaks wide open!

2 big things happened today.

1) The South Dakota Democratic Party retained noted trial attorney Patrick Duffy to outline the potential criminal issues facing state officials with the EB5 citizenship-for-sale scandal.

2) State Senator Larry Tidemann (R-Brookings) who holds the power to subpoena key players involved announced a Sept. 24 hearing where he’ll “invite” former Rounds employee Joop Bollen to testify.

READ about our progress here - and then make a contribution if you want us to continue our legal fight for answers from Mike Round, Dennis Daugaard, and others.

EB5 Citizenship-for-sale  Kings Joop Bollen & Mike Rounds

EB5 Citizenship-for-sale Kings Joop Bollen & Mike Rounds

As a direct result of your online advocacy and our offline action, the SDGOP is finally coming around to the fact that South Dakotans deserve answers on the bungled EB5 citizenship-for-sale scandal from Joop Bollen AND every single person with answers including Mike Rounds, Dennis Daugaard, and Aberdeen attorney.

Rest assured – Republicans already think we’re fabricating this scandal despite the record of six major newspaper editorials, and they’re circling the wagons as we speak.

So we need your help by making a contribution right away, so that we can keep fighting for the truth from Mike Rounds, Dennis Daugaard, and others like Jeff Sveen.

Thank you for sticking with us. Our fight for accountability continues with your help.

Zach Crago

Executive Director

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Supboena Mike Rounds & Dennis Daugaard

Democratic leaders have called on the Government Operations & Audit Committee to subpoena Mike Rounds, Dennis Daugaard, Joop Bollen and Aberdeen attorney Jeff Sveen with the disastrous EB5 citizenship-for-sale program. You can help them get answers.

EB5 Citizenship-for-sale  Joop Bollen & Mike Rounds

EB5 Citizenship-for-sale Joop Bollen & Mike Rounds

Please sign our petition below calling on GOAC Chair State Sen. Larry Tidemann to subpoena Rounds, Daugaard, Bollen & Sveen. 
Why sign this petition? Because South Dakotans want answers for the EB5 scandal, and Tidemann is standing in the way.
Let’s show Tidemann that we won’t stand for obstruction. We demand to see Mike Rounds, Dennis Daugaard, and others testify under oath and on the record.
PS: In case you missed the many South Dakota editorials looking for answers, you can review them here:

Subpoena Mike Rounds & Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota taxpayers have lost millions of dollars through a controversial citizenship-for-sale program that the Rounds-Daugaard administrations managed. nnNow, Government Operations & Audit Chair State Sen. Larry Tidemann has the power the subpoena Mike Rounds, Dennis Daugaard & others involved. nnPlease sign our petitoin to call on Tidemann to subpoena these decision makers.

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KELOLAND: Mike Rounds privatized EB5 program with no-bid contract to Joop Bollen

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Contacts: Zach Crago, Executive Director

BREAKING – As Governor, US Senate candidate Mike Rounds privatized the controversial EB5 immigration program with a no-bid contract to his friend Joop Bollen.

How? Rounds cut Bollen’s salary in half so he could grant the lucrative enterprise to his friend without a public bid, according to an investigative report from Ben Dunsmoor with Keloland News.
Mike Rounds EB5 no-bid contract
“South Dakota got involved with the EB-5 immigrant investor program in 2009 when it entered into an exclusive no-bid contract with Joop Bollen and his firm South Dakota Regional Center Inc…

“Documents show during former Governor Mike Rounds’ administration, the state got involved with Bollen when it entered into a $45,000 contract with his company. That amount is just under the $50,000 threshold for requiring public bids in South Dakota.

“That 2009 contract was signed just a year after Bollen was paid $87,000 a year for doing similar work for the state under the South Dakota Board of Regents…

“Despite those numbers, the state’s involvement in the program is still raising questions and records show it all started with an exclusive, no-bid contract.”

To take a look at the contract the state had with Bollen click the link below:

SDRC, Inc. Amended Consulting Contract.pdf 

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GOP lawsuit is another step toward impeachment – Where is Rounds?

BREAKING – Instead of doing their job, Washington Republicans just voted to sue the President for doing his.  Why? Because the GOP wants impeachment, and folks like Kristi Noem want to walk the country down that path.

Question is – will Mike Rounds walk down the SDGOP approved path to impeachment with her?

Help us hold Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and the entire SDGOP impeachment club accountable by making a contribution today —>


For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GOP lawsuit is another step toward impeachment
Where does Rounds stand? 

Sioux Falls (July 24, 2014) — With only two more work days before the August recess, Congresswoman Kristi Noem and the GOP controlled House of Representatives voted to sue a sitting President for the first time in history — and already South Dakota Republicans are pushing impeachmentGOPLawsuit

“When will Republican leaders like Mike Rounds, Kristi Noem, and John Thune forcefully rule out impeachment?” Chair Deb Knecht asked after the vote.

US Senate candidate Mike Rounds has not taken a position on impeachment since the South Dakota Republican Party passed a resolution in support of impeaching President Barack Obama at their state convention in July.

Suing the President is just more proof that the GOP is out of control according to Knecht. “Noem let us know today that going down the path to impeachment is more important than doing the people’s work,” Knecht said. But it’s still an open question where Rounds stands.

“The question for Mike Rounds is simple: Will you condemn impeachment or condone it?” Knecht said.

Why hasn’t Mike Rounds taken a position? Because pandering to the Republican base is evidently more important than putting South Dakotans first. And that has consequences for South Dakotans who are waiting for federal action on the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and college affordability.

South Dakota taxpayers are covering the cost of a frivolous lawsuit, and real issues aren’t being heard. As the GOP’s leader, Mike Rounds can put it all to bed.

Will he?


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5 reasons to vote YES on 18 after 5 years since minimum wage increase

Sioux Falls (July 24, 2014) — It’s been 5 years since the last increase in the federal minimum wage - but now South Dakotans have a choice on Initiated Measure 18 to raise the minimum wage on November 4th.

In recognition of this anniversary, here are 5 reasons to vote Yes on 18:

1) States that raised the minimum wage saw faster job growth. According to state by state hiring data released by the Department of Labor, states that raised the minimum wage at the beginning of this year actually saw faster job growth than states that didn’t raise the minimum wage – contrary to the scare tactics of special interest critics.

Everyday South Dakotans get it: Put money in the pockets of hard working people, and they’ll send it on the things their families need everyday. That boosts consumer demand at small businesses and grows the economy.

2) Small business owners support raising the minimum wage. According to a recent scientific telephone survey, 61% of small business owners support raising the minimum wage. Why? The report says,

“Small business owners believe that a higher minimum wage would benefit business in important ways: 58% say raising the minimum wage would increase consumer purchasing power. 56% say raising the minimum wage would help the economy. In addition, 53% agree that with a higher minimum wage, businesses would benefit from lower employee turnover and increased productivity and customer satisfaction.”

Small businesses get it too: Workers are customers. When workers earn more, they spend more at small businesses and boost the economy.

3) Prices for everyday goods continue to rise, but the minimum wage has stayed the same. That means a South Dakotan’s hard earned dollar actually buys less and less for her family. Since the last increase in the minimum wage:

  • The price of milk has increased 21.2%
  • The price of eggs has increased 30.3%
  • The price of cheddar cheese has increased 21.9%
  • The price of gas has increased 44.6%
  • The price of electricity has increased 9.2%
  • The minimum wage has increased 0%. 

Too often, South Dakotans are working harder and harder just to make ends meet. Raising the minimum wage will help working moms and dads support their families in the face of higher and higher prices at the pump and in the supermarket.

Working full time for 14500

4) 62,000 South Dakotans will earn more if Initiated Measure 18 passes. According to preliminary data from Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage will give 62,000 South Dakotans a raise. Who are they?

  • 78% are older than 20. These aren’t high school students like special interests will tell you.
  • 55% are women – many of whom are supporting families.

5) Raising the minimum wage lifts people out of poverty – and off of government assistance. A full time worker earning the minimum wage makes $14,500 a year, which qualifies many working families for government assistance. Raising the minimum wage will lift many working families out of poverty and reduce the demand for government assistance. It’s a win win for working families and the taxpayers: working families make ends meet, and the public cost of low wages decreases for taxpayers.

Want to help our effort to raise the minimum wage this November? Please make a contribution of $100, $50, $10 or whatever you can afford right away or sign up to volunteer for our effort to raise the wage.


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