Litigation: “Promising Future”

A case involving South Dakota’s “Promising Future” will be heard by the state’s supreme court today.

An SDSU journalism professor says the case is an important one in terms of government records and campaign disclosure.

“Any case that deals with whether information should be public is important,” Jack Getz said. “There’s great value to public discussion of access and disclosure issues.”

The state says Promising Future is a shell corporation created to circumvent campaign finance laws.

“Contributions and spending of ballot-question committees must be disclosed. … The identity of substantial contributors must be disclosed. … Indeed, had the three $250,000 contributions reported by (Vote Yes) been made directly by the unnamed third party, VoteYesForLife would have been required to disclose that person’s name.”

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