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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