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Opponents speak out against out-of-state money

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Two rivals for South Dakota's US Senate seat joined forces Monday.

The opponents came together to talk about out-of-state campaign funding -- particularly that of Mike Rounds.

Rep. Stace Nelson and Candidate Rick Weiland want "big money" out of the race.

They said Former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds is getting most of his donations from out-of-state donors.

Last Friday Candidate Rick Weiland called Rep. Stace Nelson to talk about Former Governor Mike Rounds' campaign financing.

"We had a discussion over the weekend about coming together to put a spot light on how much big money is getting in the way the election and public policy," said Weiland.

So Monday afternoon they spoke to a filled room about big donors giving Rounds' so much money.

"It is a huge problem when we have that amount of money pouring into South Dakota. He can effectively buy this election," said Rep. Nelson.

They say Rounds projects raising $9 million and 85% of that total comes from outside of South Dakota.

"South Dakota Senate seats shouldn't be for sale. And I think Rep. Nelson and I have found some common ground in getting out and earning the right to represent the people of South Dakota and not just going around the country raising big donor dollars to essentially dominate the airwaves and buy the seats," said Weiland.

"I think both of us were concerned with the fact that it appears that out of state interests in DC and the east coast are trying to buy this election for a career politician," said Rep. Nelson.

The Rounds' campaign released this statement about Weiland and Rep. Nelson's press conference.

They said, "We're thankful and proud of our grassroots support. Rounds has driven thousands of miles traveling the state every week -- talking to South Dakotans. We're focused on the issues South Dakotan's care about."

Weiland added big money donations influence decisions.

Both Weiland and Nelson agree, South Dakotans should pay attention and get involved in the us senate race.

Political Analyst, Bob Burns said Weiland and Nelson's press conference keeps with Weiland's campaign message.

He has been traveling across the state talking about cutting out-of-state fundraising.

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