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Associated Press, Published August 02 2012

ND Dem PSC candidate Crabtree says bribery law flouted

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota's Public Service Commission says two Republican commissioners have been “flouting the spirit” of the state's anti-bribery law.

Brad Crabtree says Republican commissioners Brian Kalk and Kevin Cramer have taken campaign contributions from companies they regulate.

Crabtree says the money came in when Kalk and Cramer made decisions favoring the companies.

Kalk says his campaign donations are legal and Crabtree's bribery allegations are “ridiculous.”

Cramer says Crabtree won't file a bribery complaint himself because he knows there's nothing to it.

At a Thursday news conference in Bismarck, Crabtree says public service commissioners should have to separately disclose any donations they get from companies they regulate.

Crabtree says the commissioners should excuse themselves from making decisions on companies that are campaign supporters.

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