A likely candidate for the 2024 Presidential race is being sued by a liberal watchdog organization regarding the release of her travel records related to five out-of-state trips including one to a hunting convention in Las Vegas.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is facing a lawsuit from a liberal watchdog organization seeking the release of travel records pertaining to five out-of-state trips she’s taken this year. American Oversight is a liberal watchdog organization that often sues conservative government officials and organizations. The group recently filed a lawsuit against Governor Noem seeking access to travel records that have not been released.
The trips in question date back to earlier in the year when the governor made trips to places like a Las Vegas hunting convention, a CPAC conference, and Republican Party events in Wyoming and New York, according to US News.
Governor Noem is in the midst of a reelection campaign and is rumored to be considering a run at the President’s office in 2024.
In an official statement from the American Oversight website, they note:
“The lawsuit seeks information related to Noemâ€™s travel expenses, including five out-of-state taxpayer-funded trips. The suit also seeks records of any legal costs incurred by taxpayers from the alleged forced retirement of the director of South Dakotaâ€™s Appraiser Certification Program following Noemâ€™s intervention in her daughterâ€™s application for a state appraiser license.”American Oversight
Earlier in 2022 American Oversight filed sunshine law requests for information related to the aforementioned trips, however, the Governor’s office declined to provide the records under the premise it would divulge sensitive information regarding the Governor’s security plans.
For their part, Noem’s campaign manager, Ian Fury, issued this statement, â€œThis is a baseless political attack by an activist liberal organization. They have no interest in the truth. Their tactics are typical election year propaganda.”