Kristi Noem sets up federal fundraising committee, stoking speculation about her future aspirations

The Noem Victory Fund lists a rural South Dakota address but allows the Republican governor to send money to campaigns across state lines and pool funds for a future federal office campaign.

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Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (REUTERS/Octavio Jones)
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PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem's political team quietly established a political action committee with the Federal Elections Commission last week, stoking more speculation South Dakota's Republican governor may attempt a run for the presidency in 2024.

The PAC — first reported by the Associated Press — lists a Bryant, S.D., address. The PAC will be overseen by longtime Kentucky and Washington D.C.-based political consultant Kevin Broghamer , who also serves as treasurer for Noem's gubernatorial campaign finance committee.

Noem, who spoke at the conservative C-PAC convention earlier this year, has made multiple national television appearances and held out-of-state fundraising events. She has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the far-off GOP presidential primary.

Her spokesperson told Forum News Service last month that the one-term Republican governor, who spent a decade in Congress, has no intention of running for higher office.

The federal PAC would allow her campaign to disburse campaign contributions to election races outside of South Dakota or pool together money for a potential run for a seat in Congress or the presidency.


Earlier this year, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported that of the nearly $1 million Noem raised in the final quarter of 2020, 80% came from persons living outside South Dakota.

Noem has said she intends to run for re-election in 2022. A Democrat has not yet announced. In 2018, former state Sen. Billie Sutton, D-Burke, ran against Noem, losing by fewer than 12,000 votes .

But her popularity has grown in-state due, in part, to her largely laissez-faire approach to pandemic restrictions.

A statewide poll from South Dakota State University earlier this month found Noem enjoyed the second-highest support among the state's voters among political leaders (scoring 48 out of 100), trailing only her GOP colleague, Rep. Dusty Johnson.

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