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Adelstein, a wealthy business owner, won his first election to the House in 2000, where he served two terms. He then moved to the Senate in 2004.

Though he was one of 105 lawmakers in the Legislature for more than a decade, Adelstein was a high profile member. He was outspoken. And rich. And not afraid to put his money into the political process, where he punished his enemies and supported his friends, including a little known former lawmaker running for governor in 2002, Mike Rounds.

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Adelstein used his wealth to exploit a loophole in state campaign finance laws that allowed individuals to make unlimited donations to a political action committee. The PAC could then donate large amounts to political campaigns, allowing Adelstein to avoid state limits on individual donations directly to a campaign. Powers was one of the Republicans who criticized Adelstein for supporting Democrats.

done a lot for the community," Katus said.

"I'm not going to say that he was a very mean, vindictive, spiteful person," Napoli said. "I'm not going to say that he didn't belong in government, because he didn't. But I hope he gets well."

Katus said Tuesday that he wasn't surprised when Adelstein decided to challenge him. Shortly after Katus won the seat, Adelstein indicated that he was thinking of running for it in 2008.

Powers said the feud between him and Adelstein started when "I outed his campaign finance schemes."

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"My budget couldn't have afforded that," he said.

Republican, Ellie Schwiesow, to whom he lost. Rather than take to the sidelines, Adelstein used his political action committee to support Schwiesow's Democratic opponent in the general election, Tom Katus. He also helped other Democrats, as well as moderate Republicans in the 2006 cycle. At the time, he told the Argus Leader that he spent about $300,000 in the cycle, but today he denies that.

But Adelstein's fundraising apparatus was a boon Converse Mint Green to Mike Rounds, who was running for governor in 2002 against two better known Republicans in the primary. After a debate in Rapid City among both Republican and Democratic candidates, Rounds said Adelstein approached him.

The decision this week by state Sen. Stan Adelstein to resign from the Legislature could mean the end of the line for one of the most influential politicians in state government during the past decade.

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Katus won, as did Democrats in other races who were supported by Adelstein.

"He said pretty terrible things about me," Adelstein said.

Gant said by email Tuesday that he wished Adelstein a "speedy recovery."

"He came in and said, 'I would like to help with your campaign, and I think you should be the next governor,' " Rounds recalled Tuesday.

The two became friends. Rounds credits Adelstein for encouraging the free flow of ideas and for introducing a Menorah display at the Capitol alongside the annual Christmas tree and Nativity displays. He also praised Adelstein for being a generous philanthropist.

Napoli has a different view. Unlike some lawmakers, he said, Adelstein took politics personally.

the Legislature to impeach Gant.

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Adelstein said he was upset because Powers "digged on me" for two years, making comments that Adelstein, who is Jewish, considered "marginally anti Semitic."

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In 2008, Adelstein challenged Katus, the candidate he had supported two years earlier. He beat Katus to reclaim the seat.

That criticism sparked a public feud between the two that persists today. When Secretary of State Jason Gant hired Powers to work in his office shortly after winning election in 2010, Adelstein was livid, and he later called on Converse Glitter Trainers

"He was not a Republican," said Bill Napoli, who served 14 years in the Legislature. "He was anything but a Republican. He liked to tell people he was a Republican, but he wasn't."

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Adelstein, 82, resigned amid complications from hip replacement surgery in October. The procedure resulted in infection, and Adelstein said he had another surgery scheduled today. He feared that he wouldn't be able to represent his Rapid City constituents at 100 percent when the Legislature convenes Jan. 14.

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Rounds added that the two didn't always see eye to eye on issues, including abortion, which Rounds is against. But he said the two could talk about issues without being antagonistic.

Lawmakers in 2007, when Adelstein was not in office, rewrote campaign finance laws, inserting a provision that limited PACs from accepting more than $10,000 a year from an individual. For Adelstein and other wealthy donors who used PACs to funnel their money, it meant they would have to set up multiple PACs rather than just one.

At times, that meant supporting Democrats over Republicans, even though he was a registered Republican, or supporting moderate Republicans over what he called "extremist" Republicans in primaries.

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