An investigation has cleared Secretary of State Jason Gant and a former employee of criminal wrongdoing. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday that the Division of Criminal Investigation found no evidence that Gant or former operations manager Pat Powers broke state law. He said the DCI interviewed witnesses, obtained additional documentation from Gant’s 2010 run for office and searched more than 60,000 emails and 150,000 Internet usage entries from the Secretary of State’s office. “These were serious allegations that were taken seriously,” Jackley said.
Ultimately, they found “no evidence that the activities of Secretary Gant, Mr. Powers or ‘Dakota Campaign Store’ were in violation of state criminal statutes.” The investigation came at the request of Rapid City Sen. Stan Adelstein who, like Gant, Powers and Jackley, is a Republican.