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Lindell told POLITICO earlier this week that after arriving in Nashville on Monday and planning to spend most of the week in town, he instead left Nashville on a private jet Tuesday night. That made Noem look for a new ride home, according to one of the people familiar with the matter.
A spokesman for Noem, Ian Fury, denies that her travel plans have changed because Lindell left Nashville early. “Lindell was not a guest of Governor Noem at the conference. Her travel plans have not changed after the conference either,” he said in a text message. “Governor Noem obeys the law and reimburses flights if necessary.”
In a brief telephone interview, Lindell said he “doesn’t reveal anyone who gets on my plane. I have people on my plane all the time and I don’t know who told you this. I am not telling you anything. … I don’t say anything about it.
“Our conversation is over,” added Lindell before hanging up.
He later added in a text message, “Everyone who ever sits on my plane is strictly confidential! I can neither comment on this nor on my plane flights … This is for safety reasons[.] I have received many threats since I went public with the proof of rule and machine. “
In February, Dominion Voting Systems sued Lindell in a $ 1.3 billion defamation lawsuit alleging repeated and falsely allegations that the company’s voting machines manipulated the election.
Noem and Lindell performed together at several Republican events over the past year. they both spoken at a Workers for Trump rally last September in Macomb County, Michigan, where Noem criticized Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and her own laissez-faire approach to dealing with it South Dakota outbreak defended. She also went to Minnesota with Lindell that month to promote Trump, and said on a Facebook post that it was her “honor” to travel with the MyPillow CEO.
“We both understand that we have to leave everything on the table to make sure President Trump wins on November 3rd,” Noem wrote.
Lindell has also traveled to South Dakota in the past few weeks. He held a rally of 1,650 people at Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD on May 10th where he unveiled a social media platform called Frank that he plans to use to reinforce his claims that the election was stolen. The rally also included a 15-minute speech by former Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson.
Noem, who is up for re-election next year, is a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2024 and earlier this week started a federal PAC called the Noem Victory Fund.
She is not the first female governor to take a non-state private jet this year. Whitmer was recognized for the use of a. criticized Michigan chemical company private jet Flying to Florida in March to see her father even though she wasn’t fully vaccinated, which goes against state guidelines for travel for people who haven’t received their full vaccine. She also took a plumbing company’s private jet to get to the January inauguration, which cost $ 22,670.
Most states allow governors to fly friends’ private jets, although gifts must be disclosed in certain circumstances.
In Noem’s case, her journey on Lindell’s private jet appears to be legal. According to South Dakota law does not allow public officials or immediate family members of public officials to accept gifts from lobbyists in excess of US $ 100 in any calendar year. But the state has no rules to officials who accept gifts from non-lobbyists like Lindell.
The state also does not require disclosure of such gifts unless it is forms more than 10 percent of the officer’s family income in a year or more than $ 2,000.
“Is that illegal under South Dakota law? Probably not, ”said Nikki Gronli, vice chairwoman of the South Dakota Democratic Party, when asked about Noem’s escape. “Is it unethical? Certainly. Wealthy politicians being flown around the country by wealthy employees looking for perks or future appointments is unethical.
“It is also worrying that our governor is fraternizing with a man being sued by Dominions Voting Systems for lying about the legitimacy of the 2020 election,” added Gronli.