Noted Pretend Republican Heidi Heitkamp Begging For Money From Liberal Anti-Free Speech Group


Progressives United is a political action committee started by former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, often described during his term in office as one of the most liberal Senators in Congress, to combat political spending by businesses in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United vs. FEC ruling.

In other words, Progressives United is a very liberal group founded by a very liberal political figure which aims to silence political speech from businesses. So why in the world would Heidi Heitkamp, who has been working so hard to portray herself as anything but a liberal Democrat (inspiring the North Dakota Republican party to jokingly offer her membership), be begging for money from the group?

The Heitkamp campaign also sent out the email below to their campaign list.

This is a politically risky move, given that it doesn’t contrast well with how Heitkamp has portrayed herself on the campaign trail. It’s hard to cast yourself as a conservative-leaning independent when you’re asking outspoken progressive Russ Feingold for money. It makes me wonder if Heitkamp’s fundraising isn’t going all that well. We’ll have another FEC report out soon, but according to the last report Berg had a 3 – 1 cash-on-hand advantage over Heitkamp and has raised 3 times more money from North Dakotans.

The Heitamp has been running a very aggressive campaign against Berg, but also a very expensive campaign, and they may be running on fumes heading down the stretch.

Dear Friend —

We’re just a few hundred votes away from what could make a big difference in our campaign.
Can you take 2 minutes and vote for Heidi in the Progressives United contest?

If we win the contest, Progressives United will send a fundraising email for Heidi to its hundreds of thousands of supporters.

Together we can win this election. Despite millions in attack ads from Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers, most pundits rate our race a tossup. And Politico reported recently that the leader of the North Dakota Republican Party admitted our ads are much better!

Voting for Heidi today means adding thousands of new grassroots supporters to our campaign and help for us to fight back against the smears from Rove and his billionaire donors.

Make no mistake. Karl Rove is coming for us. “We’re deeply engaged,” Rove said of North Dakota just a few weeks ago.

Voting ends at midnight tonight — and we’re just a few hundred votes from the lead. Vote for Heidi and help us stand up to Karl Rove.

Thanks for all you do,

Tessa Gould
Campaign Manager
Heidi for North Dakota

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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  • Jay

    Could this be a tortoise-and-hare matchup where Berg lets Heidi bluster and showboat most of the way but ultimately upends her, Rick?

    • Jay

      I meant to say Rob at the end of the previous post. Not sure how or or why I typed Rick. I erred. My mistake.

    • Rick Olson

      I suppose it could be.

      I’m still thinking Rick Berg will cross the finish line first. Despite her valiant attempts, I’m afraid Heidi Heitkamp is going to come up short. I’m sticking with my prediction of a 5-to-9 point win for Berg.

      It won’t be anywhere near as close as the Kent Conrad vs. Mark Andrews nailbiter was in 1986, when Conrad upset Andrews by the slimmest of margins 49.8-to-49 percent, but the Berg vs. Heitkamp race will definitely be closer than anyone wants to think it will be.

  • Jay

    I just read your tables concerning Berg’s and Heitkamp’s fundraising, Rob. Berg raised 35% of his total in North Dakota (just over $900,000). Heitkamp raised 75% of hers from out of state (about $797,000). Berg’s instate total–which admittedly is dwarfed by his out-of-state haul roughly $1.71 million–isn’t too far behind Heidi’s OVERALL total of about $1.07 million. Dakotacyr would have you believe Dakotans hate Berg and are salivating to put Heidi in the Senate. Her paltry in-state haul of about $273,000 suggests otherwise. It looks as if out-of-state lefties want Heidi to replace Conrad while native North Dakotans have been hesitant to open their wallets to her. Curiouser and curiouser.

  • Jay

    Of course I should note COH will indicate which candidate is spending more frugally and which is hoarding money for a home-stretch blitz. That Berg had a $2.61 million-$1.07 million fundraising advantage though in the last reporting cycle indicates he can afford to be more profligate than Heidi over the next seven weeks.

    • Rob

      The question is, how much will spending matter down the stretch? North Dakotans are already suffering from ad fatigue.

      • Rick Olson

        Particularly when four out of every five ads is an attack ad against the other candidate, sponsored by any number of special interest groups or PACs. Said ads are chock full of innuendo, half-truths and outright lies. A 30 second in-and-out designed to throw mud all over the other candidate.

        • realitybasedbob

          Blame the gop Supreme Court and it’s Citizens United ruling.

          • robert108

            Typical liberal; blame someone or something else; never take responsibility and do something about it, just blame.

          • realitybasedbob

            Big 180 McCain voter and ironically challenged commenter, please tell us how bush failed to keep us safe on September 11th, 2001. Bonus nutter points if you repeat your criticism of the winners of the 1932, 1972 and 1992 presidential elections.

          • robert108

            I exposed your lies, and now you scramble to change the subject with a personal attack that has been thoroughly debunked countless times.
            9/11 was all Clinton.

          • realitybasedbob

            Nice job going 180 in only 2 comments, Big 180 McCain voter!

  • zipity

    That’s why they call her “Hidey”, since she is feverishly HIDING the fact she is a flaming Liberal Leftist.

    • Rob

      Exactly, and the Berg campaign needs to make a bigger deal out of that.

  • Rick Olson

    Outright lies, half-truths, innuendo have been flowing like water in this campaign. To the likes of which there’s never been anything quite like this in North Dakota.

    • Rob

      North Dakota has had competitive races before, Rick.

      • Rick Olson

        The only race that came even close to what this one has become was Kent Conrad’s first run for the Senate. He was running against the incumbent, Mark Andrews, who was seeking his second six year term in the Senate, following a long stint over in the U.S. House of Representatives. Conrad’s campaign was one of the first that used attack ads to go after the incumbent. Conrad caught Senator Andrews completely off-guard and the champion of “North Dakota Nice” Andrews fell as a result.

        However, I remember the now late, legendary Senator Quentin N. Burdick’s second to his last last re-election campaign. In 1982, Burdick was running against Republican Gene Knorr (whoever he is/was). Anyway, in the waning weeks of the campaign, Burdick sealed the deal by zeroing in on the fact that Knorr’s residence was in Virginia and not in North Dakota. Burdick ran a series of rather “funny” attack ads against Knorr, trumpeting that allegation.

        Burdick and Knorr won the primary elections for their respective parties. Burdick’s campaign was known for employing more television advertisement spending when compared with his campaigns in the past, as well as making several negative portrayals. Knorr had the support of then-Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush, who campaigned in state to support his candidacy. The election was also noted as the first where Burdick’s age began to become an issue. Burdick, who was 74 in 1982, faced a much younger Knorr who was 41.

        At one point, Burdick challenged Knorr to a fist fight to prove his vitality. Burdick’s challenge, which was assumed to be a joke, never occurred. After being defeated, Knorr moved to Washington, D.C. where he took the position of Staff Vice President with Philip Morris International.

  • DakotaStrong

    It comes down to this. How can you trust a person who is acting totally different during the campaign season as compared to her normal self. This is one reason voters can’t trust her. If elected, she would go back to her normal self.

    • Rob

      That’s a big issue. Heitkamp may well have gone too far to the right. She was never going to get elected being authentic about her views, so we knew there was going to be some play acting, but she’s gone so far overboard I wonder if it isn’t inspiring a lot of eye-rolls out there.

      • Rick Olson

        Both she and, to a certain extent Pam Gulleson, are trying to run as fast as they can away from Barack Obama; but it’s not going to work. Heidi said “Barack Obama is going to be amazing!” He’s been amazing all right. Amazingly (insert your own word here).

  • DakotaKid

    How can someone suppressing freedom be called “Liberal”?

    • Rob

      Good question.

  • $8194357

    Never listen to what they say because what they actually do is 180 out..

  • Harold

    Heidi might be a pretend republican now, but I’m gonna pretend to vote for her too.

    • Rob

      There’s something to that. I think a lot of the momentum that seems to have captures the eye of the state media is an illusion.