Max violation or minimal news?

Max Sandlin is a lobbyist, the kind of person who is damaging the American political process.

That’s the take of the Kristi Noem camp.

Max Sandlin is simply performing a service and staying involved in public life since he lost a re-election bid in Texas.

That’s the belief of Sandlin and his wife, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

For months, the Noem campaign has been urging South Dakota journalists to “expose” Max Sandlin’s job and his supposed shady dealings with his wife. The Rapid City Journal has accepted the offer and produced a story on that very subject. On Monday, the Noem camp, the South Dakota GOP and Noem supporters continue to press the story.

Herseth Sandlin’s side said she has not done her hubby’s bidding in Congress and dismisses the allegations. The GOP can’t point to any specific piece of wrongdoing but said it does wonder about the machinations.

Oh, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is dragged in one more time as well. Pelosi is a San Francisco liberal Democrat and the Noem campaign is doing its darnedest to tie her to Herseth Sandlin, who doesn’t use the word Democrat in any of her TV commercials or in her campaign bio on her website.

It appears the GOP and Noem are aiming at SHS’s husband and the head of the Democrats in the House in an attempt to paint the congresswoman as a Washington player, not a South Dakotan.

Here’s one of the Republican broadsides:

“In Case You Missed It: Concern Grows Over Herseth Sandlin’s Lobbying Ties

“I would call it sleazy.”

-Craig Holman, Public Citizen

“You really can’t have a ‘cooling off’ period for family members.”

-Gabriella Schneider, Sunlight Foundation

“Special interest groups are constantly searching for a way of throwing money at the feet of a member of Congress. If they can suddenly hire the spouse of a representative to make their case, they’ll gladly send in $100,000 or $200,000 or more, knowing it goes in the pocket of the representative as well.”

-Craig Holman, Public Citizen

“A lobbyist is paid to get a result for a client. If it’s easier to get a result because you have a very close ‘in’ within Congress, then that could certainly raise some red flags.”

-Dave Levinthal, Center for Responsive Politics

PIERRE – “It is clear concern is growing about the relationship between Rep. Herseth Sandlin and her lobbyist husband. Herseth Sandlin says this is an issue of ‘trust.’ Well South Dakotans trusted her when she falsely claimed to be a fiscal conservative and then went to Washington and voted with Nancy Pelosi for trillions of dollars in spending and the failed stimulus bill. Only one candidate in this race has personally benefited from special interest lobbying dollars and that candidate is Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Is she influenced by Max’s income as a lobbyist? Well that’s the $13 million dollar question,” said SD Republican Party Chairman Bob Gray.

Max Sandlin’s Client List


Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Air Canada

Albritton Law Firm

Almost Family

American Healthcare Association

American Jewish Congress

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Baptist Health Care

Bisk Education

Brown McCarroll LLP

Camelot Global Services (North America)

Capshaw DeRieux LLP

Catholic Healthcare West

Center for Responsible Lending

Chemeketa Community College

City of Santa Rosa

CKE Restaurants, Inc.

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Community Health System Inc


Cross Country Computer Corp

David and Denise Bunning

Deloitte LLP

DirecTV Group

Empire Resorts Inc

Erinys International

Essence Group Holdings

Food Allergy Project


Graco Children’s Products Inc.

Heart Rhythm Society

Highway Entertainment

HP Enterprise Services

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.


ICF International

Imation Corporation

Ireland Carroll & Kelley P C

Land O’ Lakes

Lazard Freres & Co. LLC

Lifepoint Hospitals Inc

Macquarie Securities (USA) Inc.

McKool Smith

Miami-Dade County Florida

Ms. Ruth Parasol and Mr. Russ DeLeon

National Association of Broadcasters

National Association of Manufacturers

National Childrens Museum

National Football League

National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.

NAU Country

New York Botanical Gardens

Nix Patterson and Roach

NRG Energy INC

Oregon Aero Inc

Parker Bunt AND Ainsworth

Peabody Energy

Pellet Fuels Institute

PolyMedica Corporation

Recording Academy

Research Triangle Institute

RSM McGladrey

San Joaquin County

SanDisk Corporation

Solar Reserve LLC

Stonewater Controls

The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation

The Marine Technology Society

The Ware Firm


Vanguard Health Systems

Verenium Corporation

Ward & Olivio

Ward & Smith Law Firm

Wellcare Health Plans Inc


Wistar Institute

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

The amount of money Max Sandlin helped bring his lobbying firm: $13,285,000

One thought on “Max violation or minimal news?

  1. Then I guess John Thune ruined the political process too here in America. I love how people forget that Thune lobbied between his time in the House and Senate.

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