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Associated Press, Published June 05 2009

Dorgan fundraising letter sent to Hoeven

BISMARCK - A letter from Sen. Byron Dorgan seeking contributions for his 2010 re-election bid not only went to fellow Democrats - it also went to Gov. John Hoeven, a potential opponent, and other Republican state officials.

Hoeven got a letter dated May 22 from Dorgan seeking financial support. Republican Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem got similar letters.

Dorgan's campaign said the letter was sent throughout the state to a "large list of North Dakotans," and said Hoeven may have received one because he contributed $250 to Dorgan's Senate race earlier.

Hoeven spokesman Don Canton said that if the governor gave money to Dorgan, it was likely in the mid-1990s before Hoeven was actively involved in Republican politics.

Hoeven has not announced any plans for a U.S. Senate bid, saying he is focusing on his job as governor.

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