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Barry Nelson, Fargo, Published July 27 2012

The PSC’s Kevin Cramer doesn’t see corruption

Is it any wonder that people are disillusioned with our political process here in the U.S.? When someone who is elected to our regulatory agency, the Public Service Commission, boasts of the donations he receives from an industry he is elected to watch, does it instill trust? Is there anyone out there who can help build back our trust?

The recent Forum article (“Review shows state’s Republicans benefiting more from oil and gas contributions than Democrats,” July 15th) shows that Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer is actively selling himself as someone in a position of influence based on collusion with oil industry executives for campaign cash. That said, our Public Service Commission and our political system is in real trouble.

It’s obvious that Cramer fails to understand that the PSC is a regulatory position, not a legislative one. With our state’s energy economy booming, this serious misconception has a real impact on landowners, communities and others affected by PSC decisions. How would you feel if you went before a judge, only to see that the other side had just given him a stack of cash? Would you trust that judge to be impartial? Of course not. It’s time to reform the PSC to work for North Dakotans, not out-of-state special interests.

Brad Crabtree has made clear from day one that neither he nor the office of the PSC will be for sale when he is elected in November. Crabtree has already pledged to not take money from companies and executives with business before the PSC. That says a lot about the kind of ethical leader he will be for our state.

We need to clean up corruption on the PSC. Crabtree can help turn around this political process that feeds our disillusionment. Crabtree will have my vote in November.