UPDATED 8:13 AM PT — Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Democrats in South Dakota are giving up on the only two offices the party had in the state. They told reporters it is costing too much to keep the headquarters and a field office open, so they are shutting them down.
The offices in Sioux Falls and Rapid City will be closed by the end of this month. The state’s party chairwoman, Paula Hawks, said all the workers will be allowed to work from home or somewhere remote after the closures.
— SD Democratic Party (@SoDakDems) July 31, 2019
Even though an October fundraiser has been canceled, Hawks acknowledged the party is still trying to raise money. She blamed the closures on what she called “extreme mismanagement and lack of oversight,” citing an audit report from the Federal Elections Commission.
That report shows a lack of transparency with the South Dakota party spending $2.5 million more than it claimed in 2016. The party also allegedly accepted donations from unknown people or entities.
This is not the only state where Democrats have faced financial issues. The party’s chairman in Arkansas, Michael John Gray, is under investigation after leaders there reportedly called for an audit in August. Gray is accused of mismanaging funds, but agreed the audit is a good idea and even suggested the probe look into years before 2017 when he became chairman.