In a desperate bid for attention two Democrats – candidate for the Public Service Commission Brad Crabtree, who got a shellacking when he ran in the last cycle, and US House candidate Pam Gulleson – have accused Republicans Brian Kalk (not on the ballot this cycle) and Kevin Cramer (Gulleson’s opponent) of illegal activities. Specifically, illegal activities in taking perfectly legal and lawfully disclosed contributions from employees of, and political action committees created by, industries and companies regulated by the PSC.
According to Gulleson and Crabtree, it’s unethical and illegal bribery for political figures to take contributions from those they regulate. Which is absurd as it’s not a standard we apply to farmers who contribute to Ag Commissioner candidates, or teachers/teacher unions who contribute to Superintendent candidates.
Regardless, State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem makes an excellent point in a letter to the Grand Forks Herald today. He points out that the crimes being alleged by Gulleson and Crabtree should be reported to the local states attorney for investigation.
So far neither Democrat has made such a report. Or, if they have, it hasn’t been reported by either their campaigns or the media.
Perhaps they haven’t made such a report because their accusations of criminal behavior are just campaign trail politics rather than substantive complaints.