Member Of Anti-Measure 2 “Keep It Local ND” Group Caught Spending Federal Funds On Booze, Lobbying In 2009


Update: Well that was dumb. Someone sent me this link, I pulled it up, and didn’t check the date on the story thinking it was brand new. My apologies, this is an old story from 2009.

Keep It Local ND is the coalition of government lobbyists, public worker unions, big-government liberal groups and big business lobbyists who have been pouring big money into defeating a grassroots efforts to eliminate property taxes in ND.

Unfortunately, a lot of these groups (including the ND Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Counties) take huge amounts of taxpayer dollars, making it pretty clear that the taxpayers are paying for a significant amount of their activism. So perhaps it’s not surprising that a member of that coalition of groups, the North Dakota EMS Association, would be caught misspending federal tax dollars on these like booze, parties and lobbying:

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A group that represents North Dakota’s ambulance and emergency workers was ordered Wednesday to repay more than $124,000 in federal disaster planning money spent on alcohol, lobbying and other questionable expenses.

The North Dakota EMS Association, which represents about 1,800 ambulance and emergency workers, may be barred from seeking any more federal grant money, said Tim Wiedrich, chief of the North Dakota Health Department’s emergency preparedness and response section.

No wonder these people don’t want us to eliminate the property tax. It might mean less money for their parties and lobbying.

Rob Port is the editor of 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.

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  • Kevin Flanagan

    These people have an irrational fear of losing their place on the government teat.

  • ND in MD

    Maybe they were trying to keep up with people from the GSA.

  • The Whistler

    We’re told that there is a crisis in emergency medical services due to the pickup in the oil activity.  Good thing that the agency responsible to help was out partying like it was 1999.  

  • Knightman

    Uh…this story is about 3 or 4 years old.  Don’t think Measure 2 was on anybody’s radar then.  I don’t get why you are bringing that up now and no disclosing the age of the story.

    • Rob

      You’re right.  I made a mistake and didn’t check the age of the story.  I updated with a correction.

    • borborygmi

      I am guessing , only conjecture,  that Rob is trying to tie into the rightful indignation of what happened at GSA.  Painting things with a broad brush.  At least he mentioned that it was an old story and put a disclaimer at the top instead of hiding it somewhere. Yet he does leave it up.  
         Fed gov’t did catch up to them and made them pay. It looks like they put them on probation also.  If they were receiving Fed grant money what does that have to do with property taxes.  
           BS stories like this doesn’t do anything to further your push for M2.    You come off petty and misleading as if you have something to hide in order to further M2.  You once again have become what you hate.

  • WOOF

    “The EMS association did produce an adequate plan to deal with mass disasters, despite the misspending,”
    The plan is:
    Vegas Baby !!!!

  • Clint F

    That happened years ago and I heard that there was a thorough house cleaning done afterward.  It did a lot of damage to the EMSA’s reputation all over the country and I believe those responsible are gone.


    • Rob

      You’re right, I screwed up, post corrected.

  • Bobby

    I guess they won’t be picking you up after your next heart attack! Zing!

  • Bobby

    Rob, is this how you typically report?

  • JurisC

    I did not know that the property tax issue is a LIBERAL or CONSERVATIVE  in North Dakota. Which political wing is for Measure 2? 

    • borborygmi

      On this measure it cuts across party lines and affiliations on the Left and the Right both pro and con

    • sdlawrence

      It’s not the Republican or Democrat wing, for sure.  RINOS and Elites, perhaps, but those aren’t wings. They’re parasites on wings, given that both major parties are infested with those who slop at the special interests trough at everyone else’s expense.

  • joe mauer

    Poor, poor, poor, reporting.  And you take others to task? 

    • Rob

      Everyone makes mistakes.  I corrected it, and I’m not hiding from it.

  • Robertfrost

    How about this Rob:  “Member of Empower the Taxpayer has history of assaulting his ex-father-in-law in front of children.”  Would you like that story to come out, because I’ve been sitting on the proof in the hope of not having to use it.  If you’re gonna play this game, prepare to lose.

    • Rob

      You make me laugh.

    • Robertfrost

      So, you’re obviously aware of the story.

      • Rob

        I have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • Robertfrost

         Wow, an in-depth researcher like yourself can’t find what I found in an hour?  And to think this is a guy that is running all over the state, telling people he’s with Empower the Taxpayer and praising Measure 2.  Between Charlene, you, and this creep, you might want to all get your stories straight about who exactly is representing Empower the Taxpayer.  They both disavow you, and they both disavow each other, but when the ball drops, everyone seems very together. Empower the Taxpayer is losing credibility because of things like this, and if I were you, I’d oust who I’m talking about before someone else finds what I did, and does real damage to your efforts.  That’s not an idle threat Rob, this is serious.

        • RCND

          Put up or shut up

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    While I don’t agree with Mr. Port on Measure 2, I do believe he handled this article correctly. Simply taking it down when he realized his error would be hiding the error and leaving a false impression on those who would never see the correction. Putting a correction right at the beginning of the article as he has done clearly identifies the error to those who wish to read it.

    In a perfect world, the media would not make mistakes. In the real world, every single one of us makes mistakes. What shows our character is how we handle our mistakes.