In response to the story we broke on Monday, Rep. Ernie Leidiger has filed an amended 2011 campaign finance report. In the filing, Leidiger’s treasurer (and SD 34 GOP Chairman) Steve Nielsen explains the rationale for paying a speeding ticket out of the campaign fund:
So to summarize: Rep. Leidiger and Nielsen believe that violating the law by racking up speeding tickets is a “direct result of serving in the Legislature”. Fines from such activity are “just another cost of serving” and that there’s “merit” to having those fines paid by his campaign contributors.
How does that sort of attitude strike you, folks? I would say: when you’re in a hole, stop digging.
Here’s the full amended filing, which also includes disclosure of a $100 contribution by a lobbyist not previously reported.