One Of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Trial Lawyer Sugar Daddies Passes Away

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The biggest single source of contributions to Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s 2012 campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org, was the Motley Rice law firm. But why was a South Carolina-based law firm so interested in electing a Senator in North Dakota?

It’s because Senator Heitkamp, back when she was North Dakota’s Attorney General, hired the Motley Rice law firm to serve as the state’s legal counsel in the tobacco class action lawsuits she also championed. Heitkamp has tried to muddy the waters around the cozy financial relationship between herself and the law firm by claiming the state didn’t pay the firm anything for representation. And while that’s certainly true, the firm absolutely collected a heavy fee as a part of the settlement which was bolstered by the State of North Dakota’s participation.

The point-man from Motley Rice, representing the State of North Dakota’s interests, was Jack McConnell who has since been appointed to the federal bench by President Barack Obama but continues to collect millions of dollars a year for his part in the tobacco lawsuits.

In short, the relationship between Heitkamp and Motley Rice has been a lucrative one, but don’t expect Senator Heitkamp to send out any press releases today upon the news that one of the founders of the law firm, trial lawyer giant Ron Motley, has passed away.

No word yet on who is getting his 156-foot, $15.3 million yacht.

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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  • yy4u2

    Like all good ripoff artists, another will rise to the top and take over where he left off.

  • kevindf

    “Motley, 68, built his legal empire going after asbestos and tobacco companies – and made news in recent years by suing the financiers of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He was portrayed in Michael Mann’s 1999 thriller The Insider by actor Bruce McGill.

    “He was a brilliant and visionary lawyer, and I was proud to be his partner,” said John Herrick, a partner at Motley Rice.” He always had “visions” of dollar signs.

  • Radniecki

    I’m sure today she is sitting back in ‘reflection’ of how she and her fellow Attorney’s General in concert with law firms around the country extorted billions of dollars from the tobacco companies. Btw, are we still subsidizing tobacco farmers?

    • devilschild

      Yes…last year we paid out over $180,000,000 in subsidies to tobacco farmers. Meanwhile we have paid over $800,000,000 in recent years on anti-smoking efforts.

      • two_amber_lamps

        Now if that isn’t a self-licking ice cream cone….

      • 7point62

        The wheels on the bus go round and round.

    • Eliot

      “extorted”??? How many people did the tobacco companies kill? Aren’t law suits about protecting people from harm caused by another??

  • OldConserv2011

    No matter. She doesn’t need him now since she’s grabbed the golden ticket to a lifetime seat on the floor of the US Senate. From there she can siphon off as much filthy lucre as she needs. Next thing for her is a million dollar house on the beaches of Delaware.

    • 308T

      Suddenly her phony brothers radio show will get an “unexpected harvest” of advertising revenue.

  • SusanBeehler

    Rob, you are coming across as delighting in someone dying. It is very disrespectful to gloat in anyone’s death.

    • Thresherman

      To some people, nothing can elevate a scoundrel to a saint like passing away.

      • awfulorv

        Or having been bestowed with the Kennedy name, in Mass…

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Yeah, yeah. Let’s ignore Heitksmp’s ethical problems because it might not be respectful says one of the nastiest people I’ve ever met.

      • SusanBeehler

        If I am one of the “nasty”, you have not met too many people, huh? What are your ethics?

        • 308T

          You’re a phony piece of trash, Sue, just like the the rest of your lying liberal hive.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          My ethics? I work hard to say things I believe are true, knowing that I’m not perfect.

          It has worked pretty well for me so far.

          • SusanBeehler

            You believe a “sugar daddy” does not have a sexual connotation? You call that truth, I would say you are living in denial. If you rob from the poor to give to the rich does that make you a “robber” or if you rob just to rob are you a “robber”. Rob robs words to glorify Rob. Ethical indeed?

          • SusanBeehler

            The mob techniques work well for them too. Also the school yard bully technique is quite effective, Truth and ethics have nothing to do with either. Come to think of it even “Dexter” on Showtime has a code, it seems to work on TV. Your definition of “pretty well” may not work so well with the legacy of your words for your daughters. I wonder how they would feel about you explaining to them your definition of a “sugar daddy”. What truth will you share with them about a “sugar daddy” or will you just hope they will know what you mean? Will they be proud of how you referred to the first ND woman elected to the Senate or will they think you were out of line? Start your brain washing now, but when they leave home they will know your words were “sick” not truth. Maybe if your lucky they will never see your words. There is a way to approach the “ethics” of a donation or fundraising, resorting to an overt sexual overtone, is LOW!

    • JoeMN

      Oh I don’t know about that.
      Dying to the left means your estate is now up for grabs.
      So why should it relieve one of bad ethical behavior ?

      • SusanBeehler

        I am calling Rob out on his lack of journalism ethics There is a way to report “ethics” without waiting till someone dies without putting in an almost “sexual” tone of “sugar daddy”.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I’m not really sure what you’re trying to say here, but there’s nothing unethical about the facts of Senator Heitkamp’s cozy relationship with Mr. Motley’s law firm.

          And there’s nothing inherently sexual about the term “sugar daddy.” If you want to read it that way, fine, but it doesn’t have to be looked at that way.

          • SusanBeehler

            Nothing has to be looked at a certain way. We wouldn’t need any ethics if we all choose to look at things in any way. Many years ago a ‘fag” meant a cigarette, and “gay” just meant being happy. A “sugar daddy” came with a cool card about wildlife,and it would cost you only about 10 cents, Was that the truthful meaning of the words you choose, you meant the delicious carmel sucker available at the concession stand in the movie theatre? What way were you meaning “sugar daddy”? What dictionary and life experience is your truth?

      • awfulorv

        Which brings up the question of how it is that, despite the deaths of so many of their clan, the Kennedy’s seem never to suffer from the ravages of estate tax confiscation?

        • ec99

          Decades ago, the rumor was old Joe put all his money in tax-free state and municipal bonds.

  • borborygmi45

    Rob hits a new low.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I don’t think there’s anything low about pointing out Senator Heitkamp’s unethical relationships.

      • borborygmi45

        “Sugar daddy is a slang term for a man who offers to support a typically younger woman or man after establishing a relationship that is usually sexual.” THen you imply there is more then one. …… For a word smith you suck. Rob Port , President of the ” I Hate Senator Heitkamp Club”

        • JoeMN

          I always assumed those “sugar daddy” relationships were centered on money

          Perhaps Viagra changed all that.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Libs periodically turn definitions on their ears…. when it suits their agenda.

        • 308T

          You suck, period!

          • borborygmi45

            read the definition of sugar daddy. Joe Mn The sugar daddy arrangements were centered on money for um companionship.

          • borborygmi45

            oooooh that hurt. that big pistol stuck down the front of your pants, compensating for something.

          • SusanBeehler

            Now now, you know 308T “sugar moma” works for the Bismarck School system or is the hunted; feigning off “cougars”. Or does he really have his own “sugar daddy”

      • SusanBeehler

        Using the word sugar daddy is low. Oh man who claims he is not “sexist”

      • SusanBeehler

        Asshole by a superintendent is wrong? Sugar Daddy is right for a blogger? Where is your compass?

        • borborygmi45

          He has one compass, with only a couple of directions, One points to “I hate higher ed” off a couple degrees from that is “I hate College sports” another points to ” I hate Heidi Heitkamp”

  • awfulorv

    I was once of the opinion that Heidi’s future would be as an interior linewoman in the NFL.
    But, since what’s his name managed to lose the Senate race to her, she will be occupying that seat for awhile.
    But, on viewing her pictures recently, I’m now convinced she could, and I’m betting she will, become a powerful labor leader when her term expires.
    She has only to lower her voice by several octaves, and allude to being Jimmy Hoffa’s long lost, little sister, which should be a slam dunk, and she’s on her way.

    • awfulorv

      Forgive me, I meant to write Younger sister, little is, totally, the wrong adjective…

  • ec99

    Why doesn’t Forum Comm ever run this picture of her?

    • borborygmi45

      because they don’t hate her like Rob does. He is still poed because she won., He has a personal vendetta against her or he has at least made it his hobby horse.

      • joe mauer

        rob is what he is. He has made it his life’s calling to bring down Heidi and NDSU. His minions follow like mindless pooches. Sorry bunch of homebound dweebs.

        • yy4u2

          He brings up points that you and the crew at the shelter wish weren’t true. But hey, be the progressive and run with your feelings instead of what is right. If it helps you and the children of the left sleep better at night, knock yourself out…literally.

          • joe “brick” mauer

            He also brings up many that are only half true at the best. His brand of journalism would die in the real world, blog journalism is followed by mindless sheep such as 2-dim-bulbs.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            What’s funny is that while the nature of journalism changes, the reactions to hard truths from some in the public never really does.

            If something doesn’t fit the narrative, shoot the messenger.

            What’s humorous is that you think this line of thinking convinces people.

          • two_amber_lamps

            “all in all your just another (Joe) brick in the wall….”

            http://static.general-play.com/thumbs/6a4/70/gp1aa4fah1f5i0.jpeg

        • two_amber_lamps

          Speaking of homebound dweeb… how’s Joe “brick in the wall” today?

    • SusanBeehler

      Why doesn’t Rob ever run this official photo of her?

      • ec99

        Because it has to be 25 years old. Oval went to round and chin to chins.

        • SusanBeehler

          It is not,25 years old. A Mandan professional photographer did a professional job. Rob is not a professional photographer nor is he a “professional” journalist.

          • JoeMN

            Because his blog is about peering past the liberal airbrush.

          • ec99

            Does this photo even come close to resembling what she looks like now? The ND media continues to run it, but that’s because they want people to people to believe she’s thirty-something instead of almost sixty.

          • SusanBeehler

            Wow you must be really old if you think she looks thirty-something or you have really bad eyesight or you don’t know who she is.

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