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Who received money from the South Dakota Telecommunications PAC last year?

In the spring campaign cycle, the PAC reported giving $500 to Rep. Brian Gosch, R-Rapid City; $1,000 to Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg; $250 to Sen. Joni Cutler, R-Sioux Falls; $500 to Rep. David Lust, R-Rapid City; $150 to Republican Senate candidate David Rose of Sioux Falls; $350 to Sen. Jason Frerichs, D-Wilmot; $250 to Sen. Al Novstrup, R-Aberdeen; $1,000 to Sen. Dan Lederman, R-Dakota Dunes; $250 to Sen. Ried Holien, R-Watertown; $250 to Rep. Justin Cronin, R-Gettysburg; $500 to Sen. Larry Rhoden, R-Union Center; $250 to Sen. Ryan Maher, R-Isabel; $250 to Sen. Mark Johnston, R-Sioux Falls; $1,000 to Sen. Russ Olson, R-Wentworth; $500 to Sen. Tim Rave, R-Baltic; $500 to Sen. Shantel Krebs, R-Renner; $500 to Sen. Tom Nelson, R-Lead; and $250 to Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell.

Cutler didn’t run for re-election. Rose lost in a primary election for her seat. Nelson lost in a primary election. All of the rest won election in 2012. Brown, Frerichs, Cronin, Maher and Rhoden didn’t have opponents.

In the fall campaign cycle, the PAC reported contributing $250 to Sen. Billie Sutton, D-Burke; $200 to Democratic House candidate Scott Parsley of Madison; $200 to Republican House candidate Mike Stevens of Yankton; and $250 to Republican Senate candidate Bill Van Gerpen of Tyndall. All four were elected.

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The PAC also reported contributing $3,100 to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. However, the SRCC reported receiving $1,550 — $1,050 as a contribution and $500 for an ad in the program for a golf tournament operated as a fundraiser by the committee, according to its treasurer, Sen. Brown.

In December the telecommunications PAC contributed $250 to the Rushmore PAC operated by Sen. Lederman. It was the only contribution the telecom PAC made to another PAC. The telecom PAC finished 2012 with $4,000 remaining, according to the year-end report filed by Scott Swier, the Avon lawyer who serves as the PAC’s chairman and treasurer.

In addition to the $16,500 that Free Conferencing sent to Swier in 2012, Free Conferencing sent $5,000 directly to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee in 2011. Brown confirmed that amount.

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