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(SD)-Blogger Suing To Overturn Voter-Approved Ballot Campaign Limits

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/05/2019 11:53 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A political blogger is suing in federal court to overturn South Dakota's voter-approved ban on out-of-state fundraising for citizens' initiatives. Cory Heidelberger of Aberdeen and his ballot-question committee, SD Voice, filed the lawsuit on Friday.
 
     The lawsuit calls the ban "a blatantly unconstitutional law that criminalizes lawful political speech and trashes the United States Constitution."
 
      Gov. Kristi Noem, South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and Secretary of State Steve Barnett are named as defendants.

        Former House Speaker Mark Mickelson sponsored the initiative as necessary to preserve the ballot measure process for state residents, but experts say the restriction is unlikely to survive legal challenge.


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