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Sun Oct 30, 2016, 03:38 AM

Labor-backed ballot measure group takes in more than $620K

New state campaign finance reports show that supporters of a labor-backed ballot measure that would allow unions to charge fees to nonmembers have brought in more than $620,000 since late May.

The report filed Friday shows ballot question committee South Dakotans for Fairness spent nearly all it raised, including nearly $400,000 on advertising. The disclosure period covers May 24 through Oct. 24.

Supporter Jason George is special projects director at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49. He says backers face a challenge because of South Dakotaís history of bashing unions.

The groupís sole reported financier was Illinois-based Americans for Fairness, which didnít immediately return a telephone message requesting comment from The Associated Press.

Read more: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2016/10/28/labor-backed-ballot-measure-group-takes-more-than-620k/92883534/

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