Here’s all the candidates and businesses who bought ads in the program at tonight’s Hughes and Stanley County Lincoln Day Dinner. Businesses are italicized. Candidates for nonpartisan offices are starred.
- U.S. Sen. John Thune
- U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem
- Attorney General Marty Jackley
- PUC commissioners Nelson/Hanson/Fiegen
- U.S. Senate candidate Stace Nelson
- U.S. Senate candidate Jason Ravnsborg
- U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
- Gray-Skjonsberg-Glodt Strategies
- Rep. Tim Rounds
- Rep. Mary Duvall
- Ex-Rep. Tad Perry
- S.D. House candidate Mark Venner
- Morris Inc.
- Tumbleweed lodge
- Riter, Rogers, Wattier & Northrup LLP
- May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson LLP
- Pierre Flower Shop
- Simply Gorgeous Medical Spa
- Cen-Kota Republican Women
- South Dakota Teen Age Republicans
- Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels
- Auditor Steve Barnett
- Public Lands Commissioner candidate Ryan Brunner
- Fort Pierre Mayor candidate Gloria Hanson*
- Pierre City Commission candidate Jamie Huizenga*
- Perkins Restaurant and Bakery
- Dakota Prairie Bank
- New York Life Insurance Company
- Eddie’s Truck Center
- Jensen Dietz Wealth Advisors
- Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill*
- Guadalajara Mexican restaurant
- Carrie J. Gonsor, Attorney at Law
- Paul E. Bachand, Attorney at Law
Absent: U.S. Senate candidates Annette Bosworth and Larry Rhoden, and local state senator Jeff Monroe.
Even in a cheap state like South Dakota, $1,689 isn’t much money for TV ads. A single spot on KSFY-TV’s 10 p.m. news — where Powers says one buy is being placed — cost $375 in November 2012. Other spots can be less than $100 a pop.
So this isn’t someone blanketing the state. It’s more of a statement, a pump-primer, and a minor boost for Rounds — for a good number of viewers, it will mean they see a pro-Rounds ad before they see one attacking him.
The bigger question: will this prompt responses from other groups or campaigns? Or will it be a simple one-off incident?
I’ll post video of the ad once it runs.
Team Bosworth-Haber evidently figures South Dakotans aren’t smart enough to handle their checkbook or their advertising. Team Bosworth-Haber has to hope South Dakotans aren’t smart enough to see through their medicine show.
He can correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m betting he didn’t have quite the same reaction in 2012 when Matt Varilek hired a Washington, D.C. company to produce his anti-Kristi Noem commercials.
UPDATE: Cory chimes in in the comments:
Touché — I have no excuses for Varilek’s ad choices. I do, however, resist any comparison between Varilek’s campaign and character and the Bosworth-Haber medicine show.
C-SPAN producer Craig Caplan digs up this video, of Rick Weiland speaking to the 1996 Democratic National Convention. It’s brief, and reflects the same sort of liberal populism Weiland focused on yesterday. (Unfortunately not embeddable.)
Meanwhile Pat Powers at the South Dakota War College has two of Weiland’s 2002 campaign commercials:
On Saturday, Matt Varilek pledged to unilaterally run only positive ads for the rest of the campaign. After some back-and-forth with the Kristi Noem campaign, Varilek’s campaign manager David Benson said this applied to radio ads, too. Even though a radio ad attacking Noem was airing on Aberdeen radio, Benson said that was in the process of coming down.
“The buy was made, the radio ads were placed prior to last night’s debates. With it being the weekend, there’s a process in place to have that removed,” Benson said.
That process appears to be an exceptionally slow one. When I called Dakota Broadcasting, an Aberdeen radio company that aired the ad, late this morning, they said the Varilek campaign hadn’t made any request to pull the ad.
"Nobody has talked to me about it," said Joel Swanson, general manager of Dakota Broadcasting.
Swanson said Varilek was at their studio Saturday morning around 9:30, about three hours before he called me to announce he was going positive. Varilek didn’t mention anything at the time, Swanson said.
"I just thanked him for spending some bucks with us," he said.
Benson did not respond to a call for comment today.