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John Dietrich, Fargo, Published July 21 2012

Editorial failed to be balanced

The Forum’s editorial titled “Oil money is buying something” (July 17) was concerning for me. People who have made money by working hard in the North Dakota oil fields are not the only people of influence or special interest donating to campaigns. The editorial should have adequately and fairly pointed out that the Democrats are currently in the same boat.

Case in point: Democrat candidate for U.S. Congress Pam Gulleson collected more than $220,000 (or more than 30 percent) from special interest groups based in Washington, D.C. I am certain that Gulleson takes the phone calls of these special interest folks as well. Both Commissioner Kevin Cramer and Gulleson have taken money from companies, everyday people and local influential people. No harm, no foul.

But the editorial would have the reader thinking that it is a one-sided issue. I recommend that The Forum be fair next time when pointing out these facts.

It is documented that Nancy Pelosi and unions are trying to buy influence in the North Dakota U.S. House race, and have donated to Democrat Gulleson (a fact the editorial seems to conveniently omit.)

I am voting for the congressional candidate who articulates what is best for North Dakota. In my opinion, that is candidate Cramer.