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Bette Stieglitz, Fargo, Published October 23 2012

Letter: Cramer trying to divert attention

In a debate for the U.S. House between Pam Gulleson and Kevin Cramer, Cramer was asked about his acceptance of illegal campaign contributions. His response to the question: When “radical, militant people” have given my opponent money, what else can I do? His response makes you wonder.

Cramer, a Public Service commissioner now running for the U.S. House, and Randy Christmann, running for the PSC, are trying to divert attention from the lawsuit against them for breaking a federal law on campaign contributions from coal company executives who have a coal mining permit before Cramer at the PSC.

The folks suing him are regular North Dakotans, farmers, ranchers and local businesspeople. Most of them live in western North Dakota. They work together in several groups, including the Dakota Resource Council. DRC does not contribute to political campaigns. It never has. Cramer and Christmann just made that up.