Canistota–​The Tim Bjorkman for South Dakota campaign today announced that it had raised $130,216, more than all other House candidates for the first quarter of 2018, and that it had done so without accepting a dollar of PAC money.

When you ask special interests to give thousands of dollars to your campaign, they always want ​something in return, as Donald Trump repeatedly reminded us,”​ Bjorkman stated.  “And it’s obvious that​ if you play that game long enough, you eventually become owned by your donors.  So, with that in mind, ​I decided that instead of simply talking about the problem, I would run my campaign without taking a dime from any PAC whatsoever. To make up some of the difference, I’ve put my own money into the campaign and I’ve relied on regular South Dakotans – Republicans and Democrats – who want to support a candidate who won’t be controlled by wealthy donors and special interests. “

 Bjorkman said that, instead of spending most of ​his time “dialing for dollars,” he’s taken a fundamentally different approach: “I’ve spent the past nine months traveling to over 90 communities, conducting town halls, and meeting South Dakotans over coffee or a sandwich in our cafes and in their homes and places of business. I’ve listened to their concerns, and answered their questions about what I believe and want to accomplish as our next Congressman.”

 Bjorkman said that he ​was encouraged by what the fundraising total signifies: “Even though I’ve never sought political office, had no real political connections, was an unknown in both parties, and began with no fundraising base, we’re showing that we can raise enough money to win this election.”

 Bjorkman stated that “the reality is, though, that we’re not going to change Washington simply by not accepting PAC money.”​ He said that he​ has an agenda of fundamental reform that includes support for term limits, prohibiting Congress from raising money while in session, and ending the “congressional dues system,” which he described​ was when members of Congress were forced to contribute large sums of money to their respective political parties in order to obtain or ​keep their committee assignments–the more powerful the committee, the more the member has to pay (you can read more by going to:​

  “We in South Dakota,” Bjorkman stated, “can send a ripple across America by electing a person who refuses to participate in the big money campaign process.  Once other candidates realize that it’s not necessary to play the “big money campaign game,” then the special interests will have lost their power over them–​and that’s the way we’ll begin to restore government of, by, and for the People.”