A week after an opponent showed up to challenge him in the 2020 primary election, Sen. Mike Rounds, RS.D., began receiving $ 69,000 in professional group-funded support ads.
The American Chemistry Council said Monday it will run pro-Rounds ads on radio and television for two weeks.
“Sen. Rounds is a tax leader, helping to ease the burden on middle class families and small businesses in South Dakota,” said ACC President and CEO, Cal Dooley, in a press release, “His work in Washington has contributed to record unemployment and has enabled businesses to innovate and grow.”
According to the independent, non-partisan website OpenSecrets.org, which compiles and analyzes campaign finance data, pro-Rounds ads are part of the American Chemistry Council’s $ 150,000 total ad spend this month to support five senators running for re-election in 2020. The other senators are Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska; Chris Coons, D-Delaware; Bill Cassidy, R-Louisana; and Steve Daines, R-Montana.
OpenSecrets.org reported that the American Chemistry Council represents nearly 200 companies, including DuPont, Chevron Phillips and ExxonMobil. The board had revenues of $ 121 million in 2017, but the board is a type of nonprofit that is not required to disclose its donors and does not do so voluntarily, OpenSecrets.org reported.
The American Chemistry Council announced its pro-Rounds announcements exactly one week after State Representative Scyller Borglum, R-Rapid City, announced plans to challenge the Rounds in the June 2020 Republican primary election.
Rounds won Senate elections in 2014 after serving two terms as governor, following a career in the insurance and real estate industries. Borglum is an engineer who entered politics last year with her election to the District 32 State House of Representatives.
Stay up to date on the latest news on local and national government and political matters with our newsletter.