New report: 70 percent of 2008 abortion ballot-issue money came from out of state

Remember the good old days when state government revenue was so ample that legislators were free to spend their days debating gay marriage and abortion? I was reminded of that not-so-distant past today when a new report from the Institute on Money in State Politics landed in my e-mail inbox. The report says $20 million was raised in 2008 for abortion ballot issues in three states, including South Dakota.

Of South Dakota specifically, the report says 70 cents of every dollar raised for our state’s ballot issue was from out of state. You may recall that South Dakota’s ballot issue was Initiated Measure 11, which would have banned most abortions and could have set up a court challenge to Roe v. Wade. Voters rejected the measure, 55 percent to 45 percent.

I’m working on a story about the report for tomorrow’s paper. In the meantime, you can view the report yourself by clicking here.

2 thoughts on “New report: 70 percent of 2008 abortion ballot-issue money came from out of state

  1. That’s because the anti-abortion ballot measure willingly took a position that would essentially guarantee a Supreme Court challenge.

    Trying to overturn a Supreme Court decision means this is no longer a local issue. It’s a national issue. And that gets the money flowing from people all over the country on both sides of the issue. Is this a surprise???

    The only surprise to me is that so many fiscally conservative folks in this state, who oppose so much government spending on principal, were so willing to have our small state take on the costs of this kind of court challenge.

  2. And do we get to find out who’s out-of-state deep pockets were reached into to affect South Dakota law?

    Oh, I remember. They have the right to cower behind their money while trying to take away the constitutionally-protected rights of others. Makes sense.

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