If you live in Sioux Falls and you’re registered to vote, you probably got a letter from an organization called Building a Better Sioux Falls Inc. over the weekend The group is supporting a ballot measure to have a new Walmart built at 85th and Minnesota, which is going to be on the April ballot because residents near the site don’t want the Walmart and collected enough signatures to force a vote.
Building a Better Sioux Falls is a ballot question committee. It has reported receiving two donations in its first campaign finance report. One, an unitemized donation of $100. The other comes from Walmart. For $250,000.
That would be a lot of money for a statewide race in South Dakota. I bet the Democratic candidate for governor raises less.
For a citywide race, $250,000 is lavish. It’s going to be huge in what it will buy.
In other words, that mailer that went out last week, that’s going to be the first of many.
I’m guessing Walmart could have won without spending a cent. But this shows that the retailing giant is leaving nothing to chance.