(NationalSentinel) The moribund South Dakota Democratic Party seems officially kaput as officials prepare to close the last party office in the state due to a lack of funding.
Officials in charge of closing down offices statewide are blaming â€œextreme mismanagement and lack of oversight” on the national level,Â The Western Journal reports.
TheÂ Argus LeaderÂ reported the party will close its offices in Sioux Falls and Rapid City at the end of September, while staff will work remotely, according to SDDP chairwoman Paula Hawks.
She added that no layoffs related to the partyâ€™s financial woes have taken place, butÂ that the SDDP is also canceling a fundraising event scheduled for next month.
â€œThe SDDP started the month of July, the most recent reporting period, with $31,267 in the bank and ended the month with $3,181, according to the Federal Elections Commission,â€ the Argus Leader reported. (Related:Â Bonanza: GOP more than DOUBLES Dem fundraising in April, defying the polls)
â€œThe partyâ€™s finances have been on a downward trend this year from $88,127 in cash on hand at the start of the year. The party also receives at least $10,000 monthly from the Democratic National Party, according to FEC reports,â€ the news outlet added.
The office closures come on the heels of a draft audit report by the FEC that shows the party has understated disbursements by $2.5 million while also failing to disclose $47,000 in obligations to donors during the 2015-16 election cycle.
Hawks â€” who wasÂ elected SDDP chairwoman in MarchÂ â€” admitted there has been â€œextreme mismanagement and lack of oversightâ€Â in her partyâ€™s apparatus.
â€œOur current financial situation is really unfortunate and truly very unexpected to me and to Stacey Burnette, our new executive director,â€ Hawks noted. â€œWe both kind of stumbled into this and discovered some things that we didnâ€™t realize were going on, so now weâ€™re cleaning it up.â€
In 2016, the presidential race wasn’t close. President Donald Trump carried the Mount Rushmore State in 2016 byÂ 30 percentage points.
Also, the stateâ€™sÂ congressional delegationÂ is Republican, as isÂ Gov. Kristi Noem, who became the first woman elected to the post in South Dakota history.
The current party breakdown in the state Senate isÂ 30-5Â in favor of Republicans, while the GOP holds a 59-11 advantage in the House.
South Dakota is also one of 22 states where Republicans have a “trifecta” — where the party controls the governorship and both chambers of the legislature. Democrats, meanwhile, have 14 trifectas, with 14 states featuring divided government.
Fundraising headed into the 2020 election cycle also favors the GOP. The Republican National Committee has raised approximately $118 million to date versus $52 million for the DNC.
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