Noem Receives Over Half a Million Dollars in Free Travel Expense Courtesy of Mike Lindell, Payday Lenders… – Dakota Free Press

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Bob Mercer digs into Kristi Noem’s federal PAC reports and finds that the governor of South Dakota received over half a million dollars in free rides in 17 months:

  • June 28, 2022 – $8,000 Falcon Air, Raleigh, North Carolina. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • June 27, 2022 – $3,610 (in kind) Select Management Resources, Alpharetta, Georgia. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • June 27, 2022 – $20,000 (in kind) Republican Party of San Diego County, San Diego, California. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • April 12, 2022 – $4,114.20, James S. Brown, Littleton, Colorado. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • April 1, 2022 – $7,232 (in kind), Lindell Management, Chaska, Minnesota. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • April 1, 2022 – $12,000 (in kind), Shane J. Guidry, New Orleans, Louisiana. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • January 19, 2022 – $900 (in kind), Tami Nelson, Gettysburg, South Dakota. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • November 3, 2021 – $9,054 (in kind), Republican Jewish Coalition, Washington, DC. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • October 14, 2021 – $2,850 (in kind), Mike Lindell, Chaska, Minnesota. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • September 30, 2021 – $10,100 (in kind), Dynalab, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • September 26, 2021 – $1,275 (in kind), National Federation of Republican Women, Alexandria, Virginia. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • September 25, 2021 – $6,000 (in kind), Solomon Plumbing, New Hudson, Michigan. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • September 20, 2021 – $9,314.90 (in kind), Holloway Frost, Houston, Texas. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • June 21, 2021 – $2,474.26, Capital Corporation, Greenville, South Carolina. (Committee on Strong, Timely, and Inventive Republican Ideas)
  • March 10, 2021 – $1,167.80, Fabick Cat, Fenton, Missouri. (Committee on Strong, Timely, and Inventive Republican Ideas)
  • February 26, 2021 – $463.69, Don Dyer, Austin, Texas. (Committee on Strong, Timely, and Inventive Republican Ideas) [Bob Mercer, “South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s Out-of-State Trips Shown in Her FEC Reports,” KELO-TV, 2022.09.26].

$508,861.65 — more in free rides in 17 months than South Dakota Noem residents have paid for the governor’s job in the past 3.74 years (current annual governor’s salary: $128,872.18) . No wonder Noem has paid more attention to national politics than her actual job here in Pierre.

Some of the unsavory characters keeping Kristi on the air include election liar and poker bluffer Mike Lindell, Houston GOP giant Holloway Frost and, as recently as June this year, Alpharetta, Georgia-based Select Management Resources. This company, obscurely named Georgia, was the parent company of the payday loan that spent heavily in South Dakota during the 2016 election cycle to prevent us from capping payday loan interest rates to 36%, effectively destroying their predatory business model in South Dakota became. Let’s hope their support of Kristi’s summer travels isn’t an attempt to re-enter South Dakota’s money market to fleece more low-income workers … who won’t get half a million in free plane tickets from Kristi Noem or anyone else.

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