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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published May 23 2012

Hamm fundraising for Cramer

BISMARCK – The 4,000 attendees of the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference received a letter as they walked in Wednesday from Harold Hamm, chairman and CEO of Continental Resources Inc., inviting them to a fundraiser for Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer, who is running for Congress as a Republican.

Hamm urged people to give $1,000 to the fundraising campaign and join him for a reception Wednesday evening at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. A contribution form was on the opposite side of the letter.

“Kevin is a true conservative leader and will be a strong pro-energy voice in Congress,” Hamm wrote in the letter.

Tony La Russa, a friend of Hamm's and a three-time World Series champion manager, also attended the fundraiser. La Russa, who ranks third on baseball's all-time wins list for managers, retired from the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.

Hamm is on the conference agenda today as part of the “Taking the Responsible Leadership Role in the Bakken” panel.

Cramer faces GOP-endorsed candidate Brian Kalk, also a public service commissioner, in the June 12 primary for North Dakota’s U.S. House seat.

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