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The Argus Leader discovered a slew of pardons and commutations that former Governor Bill Janklow had sealed from public view under a little-known state law. However, after appealing to the Attorney General, the records of Janklow's actions became public, and the scope of his pardons was brought to light. Apparently, Janklow commuted more prison sentences than any other governor in the nation during his last two terms.
Federal firefighters have complained in safety documents and interviews that South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow's refusal to cooperate with them and follow federal rules led to unsafe conditions during forest fires. Janklow counters that the federal rules are often too restrictive or counterproductive.
"The Governor's Club, a legally and ethically dubious fundraising practice carried out by South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow and the state Republican Party, raises several questions. Most notably, Janklow probably owes taxes on at least $400,000 he has collected in recent years, according to several campaign finance and tax experts.