GOP Donor Pays $1M to Deploy South Dakota National Guard

Willis Johnson said he just wanted to help.

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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2021, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla. A billionaire Republican donor is paying $1 million to help defray the cost of deploying the South Dakota National Guard to the U.S. -Mexico border. The amount of the donation was confirmed Wednesday by Gov. Kristi Noem's office. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Willis Johnson said he just wanted to help. So, earlier this month the billionaire Republican donor, who amassed a fortune building an international junkyard empire, took the unusual step of calling South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a rising Republican star who has railed against illegal immigration and aligned herself firmly with former President Donald Trump. He asked if she wanted to send National Guard troops from South Dakota to the…

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