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Charlie Adams, West Fargo, Published September 18 2012

Letter: Heitkamp relies on out-of-staters

I found it disturbing that Heidi Heitkamp’s excuse for not attending the Democratic National Convention was that she was concentrating on North Dakota. As a concerned voter, I went to the Federal Election Commission website (www.fec.gov) to see where Heitkamp was getting all of her campaign money. I was very surprised to see an overwhelming amount of out-of-state contributions.

I don’t believe Heitkamp is concentrating on North Dakota when the contributions come from faraway places like Hawaii, Maryland, Delaware and South Carolina, to name a few. Furthermore, one of the political action committees that paid a very large sum of money to her campaign was called “Holding onto Oregon’s Priorities.”

Wow. I think it is wrong for her to criticize Rick Berg for promoting the North Dakota way when she’s funded by Oregon’s Priorities. Plus, the amount of big-time law firms from the Washington, D.C., area that have contributed to Heitkamp is jaw-dropping. It is almost as if she’s already a part of the big D.C. machine. Yet, her television ads criticize Berg for being a part of the big D.C. machine.

While Heitkamp claims that she is focused on North Dakota, she must be doing plenty of networking out of state to get contributions ranging from University of California Berkeley professors to New Mexico Democrats to New York television producers.