Berg Hits Heitkamp For Accepting Funds From Anti-Nuke Group
Back in May I wrote about liberal Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp fundraising with a group called Council for a Livable World which opposes nuclear weapons. Today, noting that the group has become one of her biggest source of campaign funds, Republican Rick Berg criticized Heitkamp’s relationship with them noting the importance of the nation’s nuclear mission to North Dakota’s air bases.
The Berg campaign’s press release is below.
Berg has been working hard to contrast the way Heitkamp portrays herself on the campaign trail with where she gets her political support. She’s claims to be a pro-energy candidate who will protect ND oil and coal interests, but is heavily support by Harry Reid who has said oil and coal are destroying America.
Heitkamp also has as her second largest source of campaign funds a law firm that specializes in anti-fracking legal activism, and while the Democrat has says she’ll be an independent voice in Washington politics, her largest source of campaign contributions is the law firm of a man she once appointed to represent North Dakota in the tobacco class action lawsuits (something for which he continues to make millions of dollars annually).
Now Heitkamp, who would no doubt tell voters that she supports the military missions here in the state, is not only being supported by but was at one point actively soliciting funds from a group that would dismantle the nation’s nuclear arsenal.
Once again, Heitkamp’s actions tell a very different story than her words.
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Berg, Area Leaders Criticize Heitkamp for Soliciting Funds from Anti-Defense Organization
Heitkamp Supporters Advocate for Cuts that Would Devastate Minot Air Force Base
Minot, ND – Rick Berg, together with community leaders representing Minot Air Force Base, held a press conference at the Minot Chamber of Commerce to call attention to Heitkamp’s decision to raise campaign funds from a radical anti-defense organization.
Heidi Heitkamp’s senate campaign solicited and received donations from the radical, anti-nuclear organization The Council for a Livable World (CLW), which supports dismantling America’s nuclear arsenal. According to her last Federal Election Commission (FEC) Report ending June 30th, The Council for a Livable World is Heitkamp’s third largest donor. FEC reports also reveal that Heitkamp purchased lists to solicit funds from their anti-nuclear membership.
“The entire Minot community is united in an effort to preserve the Minot Air Force Base and the critical jobs it represents,” said Berg, noting that just last week he attended a meeting with Task Force 21 where they discussed ways to support and promote the base so that it remains in Minot for decades to come. “While the community is engaged in this important work, Heidi Heitkamp has been soliciting funds from a group that wants to shut down our military bases like the one we have in Minot. This is a key difference in our race – I’m working to save the base, protect jobs, and strengthen America’s defenses while Heidi Heitkamp is working with groups who want to disarm America and devastate our economy here in North Dakota.”
“The Council for a Livable World is notorious for wanting to abolish nuclear weapons and hurt communities like Minot that rely on its Air Force Base,” said State Senator Oley Larsen. “On CLW’s Web site it says the organization thinks the Defense budget provides ‘little return in terms of security.’ Heidi Heitkamp should bring her radical friends to Minot and have them look these soldiers and airmen in the eye and tell them they provide little security to our country.”
Rick Berg has a long history of successfully advocating on behalf of the Minot Air Force Base. As recently as July, he led passage of an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act that protects the Minutemen III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM’s) at Minot Air Force Base from drastic cuts under the New START Treaty.
“Minot Air Force Base represents fully 1 in 5 residents of Ward County,” said State Senator Karen Krebsbach. “If Heidi Heitkamp’s supporters had their way, this base would close and the Great Depression would return to Minot.”
The Minot Air Force Base directly employs more than 6,700 people and supports an additional 2,100 jobs in the community. An analysis prepared by the budget office of the 5th Bomb Wing Comptroller found that the annual economic impact of the base is nearly $500 million.
On the “Meet the candidates” section of CLW’s website, it states their mission is to “pinpoint candidates who will be leaders for progressive national security policies.” Of Heitkamp, the group specifically states, “She graduated from Lewis and Clark School of Law in Oregon, which has a special focus on the environment. Heitkamp became an environmental attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency, but left when Ronald Reagan became President.”
Council for a Livable World is Heidi Heitkamp’s third largest donor, contributing over $12,000 to her campaign for U.S. Senate. (Federal Election Commission Website, www.fec.gov)
Federal filings also reveal that Heitkamp bought the Council’s email list and solicited funds from their members. (Federal Election Commission Website, www.fec.gov)
CLW believes that, “the United States must work toward a ‘World Free Of Nuclear Weapons.’” (Council For A Livable World Website, www.livableworld.org)
CLW believes the Defense budget provides “Little Return In Terms Of Security.” (Council For A Livable World Website, www.livableworld.org)
The Washington Times referred to the CLW as an “Anti-Defense Organization” that “supports cuts in defense spending and opposes missile defense.” (Editorial, “Who Is Barack Obama?” The Washington Times, 8/2/04)
The Minot Air Force Base employs more than 6,700 people and is indirectly responsible for more than 2,100 area jobs. The annual economic impact of the base is nearly $500 million. (Economic Impact Analysis, 5th Bomb Wing Comptroller, September 2011)