Heidi Heitkamp Creates Dakota Prairie PAC

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Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp, who spent a good deal of her time on the campaign trail carping about money in politics, hasn’t used her first days in Congress to speak out on the issues she said she’d stand up for. She’s been silent on the federal government’s decision to take millions of acres of land off the table for oil development. She’s not yet joined Senator Hoeven in demanding action from President Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline. And even though Heitkamp was outspoken about partisan gridlock over budget matters during her campaign, she hasn’t said a word about her party making it clear that they won’t be passing a budget next year either.

But one thing Heitkamp has had time to do is get her own personal leadership PAC all set up. It’s never too early to start raking in that political money now that Heitkamp is going off to Washington DC, I guess.

It’s funny how priorities change for politicians once they’re off the campaign trail.

Here’s the FEC filing sent in by Bismarck attorney Thomas Dickson.

Heitkamp Leadership PAC Filing

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • WOOF

    There’s money in politics.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Of course there is, and that’s how it should be.

      But Heitkamp is one of the people complaining about it. Now she shows where her priorities are.

      • Roy_Bean

        Heidi Lied #5?

      • Guest

        ‘Don’t hate the player, hate the game.’

  • Roy_Bean

    She is building up cash to support whoever they find to run against Kevin Cramer in 2014. The attacks will start any day now.

  • Anonymous

    Kevin Cramer hasn’t made any statement about federal oil development or joined Hoeven’s letter either. Hmm, two candidates in the same situation, yet only one get attacked, sounds kinda like the ramblings of a political hack.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Kevin Cramer wasn’t elected to the Senate, and doesn’t share partisan affiliation with the President or the Majority Leader who are the #1 obstacles to the pipeline.

      And please, Azulu, you’re not fooling anyone by changing your name. At least have the integrity to troll under a consistent nickname.

      • Guest

        So now the distinguishing characteristic is based on which body of Congress they were elected to? I thought it was the simply being able to voice support but not doing so at every opportunity.

        People might be more comfortable posting under a registered name if someone did a better job moderating.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Well Hoeven’s letter represented a group of Senators. There were no Rep’s included from either party.

          We’ve been over this before. I really shouldn’t have to explain it to you again.

          • Anonymous

            You’ll notice that you’ve shifted your explanation many times. First it was that she could write write a letter but didn’t. Than it was Cramer’s legislative record (which doesn’t exist for a pipeline that doesn’t go through ND). Then it was their donors, based on the questionable argument that a donee has to speak out every time they take a position contrary to what the donor might have or has done. Then it was Heidi campaigned to stand up to Obama on the issue, something Cramer obviously did too.

            Now it’s that it’s letter from a group of Senators in their official role as Senator, something Heidi does not have yet. You’ll notice that there were no Senator-elects on that letter and the Senator holding Heidi’s seat did the sign letter; Heitkamp signing the letter would be effectively having the same seat speak twice on the issue.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    Funny that Tom is using the same DC address as the Campaign Treasurer to the Stars, Judith Zamore.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Zamore is explicitly identified in the report as the contact or whatever.

  • jimmypop

    in her defense, has anyone been asking her to her face about this stuff? i can see her brother asking her tough questions. further, i am doubting the other local folks either have no access or wont ask her either…..

  • headward

    Heidi gets elected. Lawyers get richer.

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