Ron Saeger, Fargo, Published April 15 2013
Letters: Creative ways to fund lawsuitsCreative minds in the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office shouldn’t have a problem coming up with funds for litigation of anti-reproductive justice legislation.
Liberty Counsel, affiliated with the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, has already offered legal help to defend the laws.
In addition to her own contribution, Rep. Bette Grande, R-Fargo, a Methodist director of Christian education and co-chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council in the state, could solicit funds from the Koch Brothers. After all, their
$34 billion, each, ties them for fourth wealthiest in the U.S. and sixth in the world. Since David Koch’s wealth increased by $9 billion last year alone, and he has only given away a little more than $1 billion in his lifetime, he would probably like to do some catching up.
There are 13 other ALEC cohorts in the legislative assembly who could also get a defense fund challenge match going to show how sincere they are about their convictions and desire to do what is right and just for the people of North Dakota.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple could set an example, too, and even use the pen with which he signed the admittedly questionable legislation to write the check.
If it should turn out that these individuals don’t see things the same as I, then perhaps they could donate equivalent sums to replace the foregone programs that would have benefitted their constituents.