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Big Oil Is Trying To Buy Kevin Cramer a US House Seat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Monday, 16 January 2012 15:19


or The Koch Brothers' Crime Family Is Buying North Dakota

On December 6, 2011, we wrote a blog post entitled "Kevin Cramer Needs to Resign From North Dakota's Public Service Commission" and we meant it.  At the time we wrote that we had just learned Cramer's campaign finance team was being run by people who work in the industries Cramer is supposed to objectively regulate on the PSC.  We had no idea how bad his conflicts of interest were going to get.

Cramer's campaign contribution disclosure information recently became public.  Here's what I found interesting in the report: Cramer received more contributions (64) from Oklahoma than from any other state. Cramer received more money from oil men in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana (approx. $106,000) than he received from any other state or grouping of states. I'm pretty sure more than half the money Cramer has received came from people who own or work for companies Cramer's "objective" PSC rulings directly impact.  This is why we still think he needs to resign.

Also, Cramer reported receiving a $435 contribution from the United States Postal Service in Bismarck. That's gotta be an error in reporting or data input. 

It's also worth noting that Cramer received six (6) contributions from Harold Hamm and his employees at Continental Resources. It's an odd coincidence that all of Hamm's employees contributed exactly $1,000, each, while Hamm's contribution was $2,500.  Four executives at Slawson Oil (each with the last name "Slawson") contributed $1,000, each. Slawson, you may recall, is one of the companies that admitted to illegally killing birds in North Dakota's oil fields.

Interestingly, Cramer listed a $4,000 in-kind contribution from "Freedom Force Communications" of Perham, Minnesota.  Freedom Force, you may recall, is the marketing business run by radical, right-wing radio goof Scott Hennen. It has been secretly behind the Koch Brothers' crime family's various public relations efforts in North Dakota (including the "Fix the Tax" astroturf effort). This $4,000 contribution raised some eyebrows here at NorthDecoder.com. We wondered about the ban on corporate campaign contributions and wondered how Freedom Force could get away with making a corporate campaign contribution. Well... after doing a little leg-work, we think we've figured out that Hennen has never incorporated Freedom Force Communications. It must be a sole propietorship or partnership of some kind, even though Hennen represents on the FreedomForceUS.com website that he is "president/CEO" of the company. 

That being the case, you'd think it would be listed as a donation from the individual owner(s) of Freedom Force, rather than as a donation from the d/b/a business name.

You can review an itemization of Cramer's campaign contributions by clicking here.

(I'll point you to my working paper so you can check my math, though I admit there's $1,500 missing from it and I dont' have time to find it right now.)

Comments (4)add comment

Big Running said:

John Risch is trying to become a member of the GOP.
January 17, 2012
Votes: +0

liberal scum said:

Is he running for office in Oklahoma? He sure is popular there.
January 17, 2012
Votes: +2

LoriAnn said:

koch kash
Koch is always looking for open hands to accept dirty money & weak minds to easily influence... in this state there is a varitable smorgasbord of influencial choices !!!
January 17, 2012
Votes: +2

big jake said:

This guy is the bottom of the barrel. He should resign. Perhaps the legal experts here could find some legal grounds to force him off the PSC.

What the hell is with John Risch and Joe Hauer? I know we are all free to follow our own beliefs but just how in the hell can these 2 find any quality in Cramer? I think we need to ask them.
January 18, 2012
Votes: +2

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