Heidi Heitkamp Should Return More Than Just Her Anti-Fracking Contributions


The NDGOP is calling on former EPA lawyer and current US Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp to return contributions from a law firm with ties to a far-left environmental agenda including efforts to ban fracking, an oil production process without which the North Dakota oil boom would not be possible (press release below).

“The Huffington Post reported recently that Heidi Heitkamp accepted $22,400 from employees of Weitz & Luxenberg, an anti-fracking law firm,” reads the press release. “Weitz & Luxenberg have a long history of donating to extreme, anti-energy politicians and political organizations according to Center for Responsive Politics. In addition to contributing thousands to Heidi Heitkamp, the law firm also donated to Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.”

Heitkamp has worked hard on the campaign trail to distance herself from her political party, and to cast herself as being pro-fossil fuels, but it’s hard to imagine why a group of out-of-state lawyers would contribute big sums to her campaign if she were telling the truth about her agenda.

But at least these contributions from these anti-fracking lawyers have the benefit of not being tainted by ethically-dubious political ties. Heitkamp’s #1 source of political contributions this election cycle, coming in ahead of Weitz & Luxenberg at #1, is the Motley Rice law firm.

Motley Rice is Jack McConnell’s law firm, and McConnell is the lawyer Heitkamp appointed as North Dakota’s legal counsel in the tobacco class action lawsuits, the settlement of which still pays McConnell millions of dollars per year to this day. Heitkamp gave McConnell that lucrative appointment and, in exchange, McConnell and his law firm have been major contributors both to Heitkamp’s 2000 campaign for governor and to her present campaign for the US Senate.

As objectionable as Weise & Luxenberg’s position on fracking is, and as inconvenient as it is for Heitkamp’s campaign narrative, at least they’re not tied to an apparent quid pro quo between Heitkamp and her legal industry cronies.

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  • DakotaStrong

    How about an ad where HH looks in the mirror and sees a reflection of Obama, Harry Reid or some other party leader?

    • Adolf Mittler

      I’m hoping to look in my rear view mirror and see Romney, Berg, and the rest of the Republican clown car driving off a cliff.

      • DakotaStrong

        I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, no matter the party. Life is precious.

  • Dakotacyr

    Whiffs of desperation. First the “gee, we really like Heidi” ad (a sign you are losing) and now the desperate call for a candidate to return contributions. And finally, the sheer number of posts in this blog proves, the Berg campaign is desperate. Prettynsiin you will be back to posting ugly pics of her.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      More like an accurate accounting of her record

      • dakotacyr

        nah, it really is the desperateness of the Berg campaign and this blog. The Romney campaign isn’t of any help to Berg as it is floundering and getting worse by the day.

        • Adolf Mittler

          Na, that’s just the liberal media saying that. Romney’s doing ok, just a few minor issues (like a completely phony and valueless candidate), and I bet by the day after the election his campaign will have all its problems solved.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          So, its desperate to.talk about who supports Heitkamp?

          Nice try changing the subject.

      • $8194357

        At least Tylor just comes out and says he thinks Dulrimple messed up the handling of the criminals invading ND in his new add…
        In a crime is up and oil is the root of all evil kinda way.

    • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

      How could “Heidi” (or whatever her legal name is) pose for an ugly picture?

  • Navynate

    Rob I didn’t think anyone could be running for office in ND and be against fracking, I was wrong, how could anyone running for more then dog catcher be against fracking in ND? But then dems shouldn’t be allowed to be anything more then dog catcher anyway. I know Rick Berg and he himself told me that he didn’t have anything to do with the Goldmark company that rent individual apartments. Heidi should have varified that he was either owned a part of it or managed it before allowing that attack ad to go on the air. If there was any doubt that he did have something to do with them then she should not have run the ad. If we give obama 4 more years he will try to destroy fracking and destroy North Dakotas economy with it. And a vote for Heidi is a vote for obama.