City spending during Trump’s visit for Noem fundraising event didn’t violate law

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota attorney general’s office has determined that the city of Sioux Falls didn’t violate any campaign finance laws when it spent thousands of dollars to provide security for President Trump when he visited for a private fundraiser to help then-gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem.

President Donald Trump speaks during a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kristi Noem in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The city spent $29,000 on security for the event last September, the Argus Leader reports. The fundraiser reception cost $500 per person to attend, with a $5,000 donation per couple for a photo with Trump.

This prompted concerns that the use of public dollars for a private event to raise funds for a candidate violated laws, and a formal complaint was filed to the Secretary of State.

The attorney general’s office concluded that the public money was spent to protect the president, not influence an election.

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