Accountable.US launched the new campaign to identify some of the worst offenders across the country who are actively preventing progress on key issues impacting Americans
Ravnsborg’s attempts to skirt the consequences of the current criminal case against him for killing an innocent man has led him to be selected as one of Accountable.US’ top Enemies of Progress
View Ravnsborg’s top offenses on www.EnemiesofProgress.org
Washington, D.C. — Today, government watchdog Accountable.US announced that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has been identified as an enemy of progress due to his opposition to key issues like addressing climate change and making health care accessible for all. The group launched a new campaign, “Enemies of Progress,” outlining the potential threats that Ravnsborg and other Republican attorneys general around the country pose to advancements that support all Americans. Accountable.US also released its first report highlighting how Ravnsborg and others are using their positions as top law enforcement officials to defend their campaign donors, not their constituents.
“When it comes to enemies of progress, there are few more arrogant and divorced from reality than Attorney General Ravnsborg,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Ravnsborg remains dead-set on continuing to waste South Dakota’s taxpayer dollars on frivolous lawsuits against the Biden administration even as bipartisan pressure grows for him to resign after killing an innocent man under highly questionable circumstances. Ravnsborg thinks the law doesn’t apply to powerful people like him, and that’s why everyday South Dakotans will continue to be left behind.”
This new campaign exposes some of the worst offenders who have proven to be working towards one goal in their capacity as their state’s top law enforcement official: to slow down or prevent progress on some of the country’s toughest issues. Ravnsborg is joined by another 12 “Enemies of Progress” including the attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia. In the coming days, the effort will be amplified with paid ads in key states, including on social media and traditional media websites.
“Poll after poll shows the public supports the Biden agenda, and any obstructionist who would abuse their power to protect profits of greedy special interests is an enemy of progress,” added Herrig.
Here’s more on how Attorney General Ravnsborg was selected as a top “Enemy of Progress”:
- Faces Legal Charges After Killing A Pedestrian With His Car During A Distracted Driving Incident: Ravnsborg hit and killed a pedestrian while driving home from a South Dakota Republican Party event in September 2020, claimed he thought it was a deer but discovered the body the next day, but failed to call 911 immediately upon this discovery. An initial investigation into the incident found that Ravnsborg had been driving distracted when he hit the victim, which he disputed. In February 2021, Ravnsborg was charged with three misdemeanors over the deadly incident and state investigators released video which cast doubt on Ravnsborg’s initial account. As a result, Ravnsborg faced a bipartisan impeachment resolution and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem asked him to resign.
- Gave Donors Powerful Jobs in AG’s Office: Ravnsborg appointed notable campaign donors to high posts in the Attorney General’s office and specifically named donors who gave maximum contributions as his chief of staff and as a division chief.
- Opposed Efforts to Promote Gender Equality: Ravnsborg joined a lawsuit to preempt adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would ban discrimination on the basis of sex.
- Pushed For COVID Liability Shields Backed By His Top Donors. Ravnsborg urged passage of the “Safe To Work Act,” a COVID liability protection bill backed by the agriculture industry, members of which are notable donors of his.
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