FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 24, 2018
FORT PIERRE, SD – State campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show a strong fundraising performance by Randy Seiler during the general election campaign. Seiler, a former U.S. Attorney for South Dakota and Attorney General candidate, reported nearly $150,000 in contributions, with more than 95 percent of donations coming from within the state.
Seiler gave a statement following the release of the reports: “From the beginning, this campaign has been about working with South Dakotans to develop common sense solutions to the pressing issues facing our state. We are not beholden to out-of-state partisan and special interest groups. With the widespread support of our campaign across the state evidenced by Tuesday’s report, I plan to bring experienced leadership and a bipartisan approach to keeping South Dakota families safe to the Attorney General’s office this November.”
While Seiler’s opponent Jason Ravnsborg reported similar fundraising totals, more than half of his contributions came from out-of-state donors. South Dakotans donated nearly twice as much to Seiler as they donated to Ravnsborg. As of Tuesday, Ravnsborg did report having more cash on hand.
In response to questions regarding whether Seiler had concerns about his opponent’s large campaign reserves, Seiler said, “Cash on hand is all about when you pay your bills. All of our vendors are hardworking South Dakotans, and I am not holding on to their money to play political games. We are confident that our campaign has financial resources comparable to our opponent.”
Randy Seiler is campaigning on his long career as a prosecutor and the experience he will bring the Office of the Attorney General. He has prosecuted more than 500 criminal cases and been lead counsel on over 70 Federal felony jury trials. In the past two weeks, Seiler has been endorsed by two former South Dakota Attorneys General and 20 past Presidents of the South Dakota State Bar.