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Associated Press, Published October 18 2012

Democratic candidate for ND PSC claims foe violated law

BISMARCK — North Dakota's Democratic candidate for the Public Service Commission has filed a criminal complaint against an organization that bought radio ads to criticize him.

Brad Crabtree says the "Brighter Future Committee" violated state laws that bar corporations from spending money for political purposes. The Brighter Future Committee is a nonprofit corporation.

The Bismarck Police Department is checking Crabtree's complaint. Some Bismarck radio stations aired the ad.

Former state Commerce Department director Shane Goettle founded the committee. He says the ads are legal under federal election law.

Goettle says the federal law applies because the ads defend Republican U.S. House candidate Kevin Cramer against allegations by Crabtree.

Crabtree says Cramer has taken illegal campaign contributions while he's been serving as a state public service commissioner. Cramer denies doing anything illegal.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.