South Dakota abortion donor case settled
PIERRE, South Dakota: A three year ballot campaign battle came to a close last week after the state announced that it will take no further legal action to force the release of a South Dakota Abortion Ban Referendum (2006) donor's name. Voters rejected the 2006 measure 56% to 44%. They rejected a similar measure in 2008, which aimed to overturn Roe v. Wade (1973), which legalized abortion. The South Dakota campaign case began after an anonymous $750,000 was made in favor of the 2006 measure. Rep. Roger Hunt had created Promising Future Inc. in order to allow the donor to contribute the effort anonymously; a move that Former Attorney General Larry Long described as a violation of the state's campaign finance laws.
However in November 2009 Attorney General Marty Jackley, Secretary of State Chris Nelson, Promising Future Inc. and Rep. Hunt reached an agreement not to further pursue disclosing the donor's name. Additionally, Hunt has agreed to pay his own legal fees.