Union That Played Host To Heitkamp’s Victory Party Under Investigation

Heidi Heitkamp

Teamsters Local 120, based in Fargo, is under investigation for misuse of union funds. The news broke earlier this week. Among the accusations, which seem largely to be aimed at chapter boss Bradley Slawson and his son Bradley Slawson Jr., are the failure to report losses from the union-run lounge to the union’s executive committee, misuse of strike fund money to cover the lounge’s losses, misuse of funds to build a new building, kickbacks from contractors and apparent deals negotiated with vendors to the union in which the vendors got contracts in exchange for excusing debt run up by the Slawson’s.

In other words a big, fat, ugly mess. But not exactly something new to the world of organized labor. Misuse of funds? Kick back? Under-the-table deals?

Color me shocked.

What’s interesting, though, is the connection the union has to Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp. In addition to getting $9,000 in contributions to her Senate campaign from the Teamsters’ DRIVE PAC (and probably a whole lot more from individual union workers/bosses that I haven’t had the time to look up yet), Heitkamp’s election-night victory party was held at the Teamster’s Lounge in Fargo.

The very same bar that was operated, according to the accusations being made, with misappropriated funds by union bosses that themselves are apparently guilty of a myriad of dirty dealings.

Is Heitkamp responsible for the internal problems at Teamsters Local 120? Nope. But is it an illustration of the close connections between the often unseemly world of Big Labor and Democrat politicians like Heitkamp?

Absolutely.

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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  • Mike Quinn

    Heidi will be on Ed Shultz tonight. I’ll bet $50 Rob Port will have a negative story about it tomorrow. Just wait and see the spin. It will be an ah ha, this proves ______ fill in the blank. Now if this does not alert people to how this right wing spin machine works please someone tell me how these saints work.

    • borborygmi

      Couldn’t take that bet because it as they say in betting parlance is a lock.

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        Yes it it’s a lock that i will criticize people i disagree with. And it is a lock that you will avoid engaging in thoughtful debate by questioning my motives.

        • borborygmi

          You have no motive other then trying to discredit Heidi with one of your patented filled with innuendo headlines. Then someplace in the middle you admit she has nothing to do with the crap hitting the fan at the union. In parlance usually saved for liberals it is snarkie.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Of course she had nothing to do with it directly. But this union chapter was a big backer of hers. Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

          • Mike Quinn

            Rob’s crap is so transparent. That is why the half decent Republicans have realized when you get too goofy it hurts Republicans. The Tea Party is a tick on the Republican party because they are such nut cases. Rob appeals to the worst element of the right wing. The gun nuts, the abortion nuts, and those pandering to the rich.

        • azulu

          The problem is you criticize people for reasons that have nothing to do with any meaningful policy disagreement. Like your complaint about the Forum calling Heidi nice, and now this- where even you have to and did admit Heitkamp had nothing to do with the closing, but paradoxically now complain that the closing shows a close connection between Heitkamp and labor? You’re just criticizing for critizing’s sake.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I criticize people, republicans and Democrats alike, when I feel like they deserve it.

          • azulu

            It’s just that, at least in the case of Democrats, even the weakest of cases warrants it.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Maybe you just think that because you don’t like criticism of democrats?

            But we both have our subjective views of what is and is not fair criticism. How about I make the criticisms I find appropriate, and if you disagree you can call me out right here in this open forum I provide to make that possible?

          • azulu

            No, it’s because there’s absolutely nothing to this story regardless of party and it’s funny watching you grasp at straws. You would never have run such a shoddy, tenuous story if it concerend a Republican’s connection to someone in legal trouble. Nice try though, accusing me of being biased about your bias.

          • Mike Quinn

            You got it. If the sun cast a shadow, the Democrats caused it.

          • Mike Quinn

            Excellent comment on Rob Ports game. Thank you for speaking up. We need more people that will call this club of right wing delusionist what it is.

          • Carl

            What is it with you
            and the constant use of the word “we” when you are attempting to speak for
            yourself?
            This is a clear window into your shallow mind and an obvious
            indication that you need SAB to satisfy your sense of belonging….to…..well,
            something, anything. In this case you need to belong to a group who are more
            normal than your particular brand of wackiness, along with members in your
            party. . How desperate and pathetic.

          • Mike Quinn

            Carl, perhaps you missed the “we” that elected Obama. That we happens to be the majority of Americans who have rejected the agenda of the greed dogs.

          • Onslaught1066

            Now, Mike, you don’t have to be ashamed to tell Carl about the mouse you keep in your… pocket… whatever.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Hmmm, was that Mike? Or Emil? Or Wilbert? Or Albert? Oh, we can always identify him by his true name….

            LIME KRUSHEDNUTZ.

          • borborygmi

            And I will criticize you when I feel like you deserve it. Like you mention you provide the forum.

          • Mike Quinn

            Plain to see no bias on this blog.

          • Quin Observer

            You are funny Mike, just sitting back and watching you the last week posting nonsensical dribble. You really are making an ass out of yourself and your fellow Hazenites are concerned for your mental well being. At this rate, the knock on your door from the men in the white coats is coming sooner than later. Stay well.

          • Mike Quinn

            If you are concerned about me give me a call, but of course you will not. I am concerned about paranoid people like you. You don’t have the courage to pick up the phone and call me. You are afraid to confront your strange ideas. Somehow the vast majority of Americans agree with me. The election clearly showed more Americans agree with me than you. You are in then minority, and that is why you live in fear. You realize your antiquated thinking is going out of style. You are the new minority and it scares you. Like so many you hide in the dark. Why hide if you have pride? If you are proud of your thoughts, why are you afraid to own them?

          • Quinn Observer

            Thank you for illustrating my point. Stay well.

          • Mike Quinn

            Thank you for the concern. I plan to have a nice hunt today. If I am deranged, please explain how so many people in North Dakota agreed with my views on Heidi, and nation wide Obama? My concern is for the people with the isolated red neck views that so hurtfully infuse North Dakota politics. We are a state with a huge surplus and the worst paid teachers in the country, 22, 0000 children living in poverty, and thousands with no health insurance. This is all brought to you by the greed driven Republicans you love.

          • Syd

            ” I plan to have a nice hunt today”

            You should do something for society…plan to eat your gun.

          • Quinn Observer

            Again stay well Mike!

          • Mike Quinn

            Thank you again, I am well and having a great day. Within an hour my wife and I will be out in the field sending pheasants to the pheasant Jesus. I love to yell ” Take that Mitch, or Rush, or Boenor when I pull the trigger. If I am crazy I enjoy every minute of it. On a sunny day like this when you wake up and realize you are on the right side it feels great. I am fighting for the poor and working people. I cannot imagine what it feel like to wake as Rob Port, being paid to lie and fight for some greedy rich bastards like the Koch brothers. Life is good when God is on your side.

          • Onslaught1066

            So basically, like all serial killers, you practice torture on small animals to work up the courage to kill humans.

            No wonder you gravitated to politics.

            Were you sad when you found out you would not be presiding over capital cases?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Oh he’s presided over capital cases…. spitting on the sidewalk is a serious charge in the Jamestown Looney bin Municipal Kangaroo Kourt.

          • Mildred

            ” You don’t have the courage to pick up the phone and call me”

            No one wants to waste the dime, or time to call an idiot. Stop begging for attention, it reminds everyone of Hannitized, the other mentally defective loser on this site.

          • Onslaught1066

            I called that number he gives out, it goes to a sex hotline and that was the ugliest sounding woman I ever heard.

          • two_amber_lamps

            That was no woman….. Probably a 63 year old man with a 2 pack a day habit and a stoma.

          • Onslaught1066

            You mean … Mikes wife?

            NTTAWWTT

          • two_amber_lamps

            Lol…. nothing wrong with that? let me count the ways….

          • Mike Quinn

            If you have pride, you don’t have to hide

          • guest

            “The election clearly showed more Americans agree with me”

            Tell that to the 439,000 people who lost their jobs last week.

          • Mike Quinn

            Tell that to the people who were killed in Iraq by Bush’s lies. Tell that to the people without health insurance. What is this tell that game when you don’t have an answer? If you have pride you don’t need to hide

          • Onslaught1066

            Oh, they agree with Lime Krushednutz also, they just can’t call and tell him that, because their phones got cut off and their new Obama phones have not yet arrived due to the slow down of the US mails brought about by Dumb-O calling on government red tape to be removed.

            Its sad really.

          • Mike Quinn

            You remind me so much of the Klan. Why hide under a pointed hat and a sheet if you feel so sure your ideas are valid? The Klan looked like fools because they would not own their shameful ideas. You right wing dingers obsessed with greed will not come out in the sun and take ownership of your greed.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Plain to see no intelligence in the previous post.

          • Mike Quinn

            Excellent. Rob is a paid hack. Like the dupes on Fox Rob gets paid to lie.

  • kevindf

    I hope Rob doesn’t wake up with dead horse’s head in his bed after the union bosses see this!

    • sbark

      Say hey…..the mafia has dibs on the horses head in the bed deal……
      but……. why does it seem after watching Wisc blow up last yr,and watching SEIU thug their way thru the ObamaCare Town hall mtgs, having SEIU project intimidation in thier purple shirts at events……….Unions–public and private have replaced the Mafia in thier ability if not desire to project violence to obtain their demands and political goals.

  • spud

    More conspiracy theories by the loons. It is about as interesting as hearing about Kevin Flanagan and his tax problems. If these individuals did something wrong they will get prosecuted.

    • kevindf

      How long have you lolly gagged on the state payroll?

      • spud

        Wow that’s it. Dude you are the king of whiners. How did that election prediction of yours come out let me see wrong as you always are. Well you haven’t brought up your taxes in a couple weeks but you will. Never knew being self employed was lolly-gagging. Besides whining and complaining how Obama alway’s comes out on top you must contribute something to society.

        • kevindf

          How much do you contribute?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I don’t think big labor corruption, and the cozy relationship between the democrats and the unions, is a conspiracy theory.

    • ND in MD

      I understand you left-wing hooplehead dingers with low knowledge and comprehension abilities, may find this hard to believe, but there are people who believe the old saying: “if you lay down with dogs, you will wake up with their fleas. When a politician such as Heidi takes hugecontributions from corrupt organizations such as the Teamsters, it reflects ontheir character. Why didn’t Heidi refuse money from the Teamsters and raise herfunds from honest organizations? Doesn’t the teamsters’ criminal behavior and lack of integrity reflect on Heidi?

      I remember during the campaign Brad Crabapple, kept implying
      the legal, legitimate contributions of those in the energy industry were
      somehow tainted and questionable. To me he always stop short of calling them
      illegal and offered no proof, but always tried to imply sometime was a miss. Same
      difference.

      • two_amber_lamps

        Hello LIME KRUSHEDNUTZ/Quinn. Bashing the citizens of Hoople, ND again I see? Making a hypocrite out of yourself posting under another suck-puppet pseudonym again I see…?

        Priceless.

        • Roy_Bean

          Actually ND in MD isn’t the Quinn-tessential liberal, he was just making fun of him. There’s lots of old sayings here, lay down with dogs…birds of a feather….known by the company you keep. All of them apply.

          • Guest

            Sorry ND in MD…. I retract earlier…

            Beware the Greeking pederast is about, I may have gone off half-cocked on my last post, but he gives the full-c#$k to 10 year old boys.

        • ellinas1

          Does positive Lyapunov exponent always mean chaos?

        • ND in MD

          Sorry dude, but if you read closely I said: “left-wing hooplehead
          dingers”. This guy, regardless of what name he posts under, constantly uses these terms to ridicule those who have different opinions from his, I thought Iwould return the favor. In an effort toturn the table, I tried paraphrasing him.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Sorry ND in MD…. I retract earlier…

            Beware the Greeking pederast is about, I may have gone off
            half-cocked on my last post, but he gives the full-c#$k to 10 year old
            boys….

      • ellinas1

        ND in MD says: “……the old saying: “if you lay down with dogs, you will wake up with their fleas.”

        The old saying is no longer valid.
        What ND in MD is not telling the readers is, that today we have very effective flea shampoos for dogs.

        • ND in MD

          Yes, ellinas, likemost people I know there are very effective shampoos to treat flea; however, these treatment are for regular fleas. Democrat flea are different, unlike ordinary fleas, they are immune to most treatments and shampoos – think of them as a very bad infestation of cockroaches. No matter how hard you try to control them, they are everywhere spreading their filth and diseases. Lurking in the
          shadows and under rocks, they bread like rats and wreak havoc. I only wish cleaning up an infestation of Democrats were as simple as giving them a bath.

          • ellinas1

            “No matter how hard you try to control them,….”

            You have failed at your pest control business and now you want to control people?
            WTF?

          • ND in MD

            No, ellinas, I do NOT want to control people, it is your ilk – the liberal radical fringe extreme left wing – that wants to control people and their lives. It is your ilk that wants to tell us how big out TVs can be, what color of car we can drive, what type of light bulb we can buy or use, and what temperature our thermostats canbe set at. You want government in my paycheck and investments, your ilk wants to control my health care, you want to force the Catholic Church and other organizations to pay for abortions, it is your ilk that wants to force others to pay for someone’s Obama phone and condoms, and your ilk wants to force children into failed government run schools condemning them to alive of poverty.

            No, I want people to free, not controlled, to pursue their dreams and go as far as their god given brains, ability and ambition can take them. I see people as individuals, and unlike your ilk, I do not want tput in groups or collectives. I know words like freedom, liberty and responsibility are foreign to you, but they are very dear to me.

  • RCND

    But as usual with labor unions, their members will ultimately be the ones getting screwed over by this whole deal

  • borborygmi

    Just when you can’t get any lower you start digging and not with some garden spade but with a back hoe. You must be at master level playing the kevin bacon game. At least you don’t have any soul to worry about. President Obama has something to do with this also. This race really stung you. Pathetic, peevish. Could you tell us how she actually lost this election again. I need a good laugh. I suggest you go back on vacation because the bile is still oozing from your pores.

    Are you against workers supporting Heidi?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      You write a comment like thus, then call me peevish.

      That’s good for a laugh.

      And you can bet if some of Rick Berg’s buddies were accused of a crime you’d be crowing about it, right hypocrite?

      • Mike Quinn

        Rick Berg committed a crime. He stole from the working class and tried to give tax breaks to the rich. That is criminal for anyone to be so greedy. That is why his brand of greed was rejected. Heidi called it what it is and the people of North Dakota agreed despite your smear campaign. If this is an ” influential blog” I am your daddy.

        • Tim Heise

          What statute?

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          So cutting taxes is a crime now?

          I’ve officially heard everything.

        • sbark

          If we could have access to the 1920’s Pravda and a Russian translator……..we’d be able to read this exact crap nearly 100 yrs ago as 100 million “dissentors” start to disappear from Soviet society……

          • Mike Quinn

            If you could access a history book you could see how the greedy bastards caused the great depression. You could also see how we got out of it by creating social security, and making the rich pay taxes. However, like most who do a selective reading of history you find the stuff that helps maintain the illusion. That is why you watch Fox News.

          • sbark

            Actually history records it that everything fDR did prolonged the Great Depression for another decade longer than it needed to be……it wasnt until the washout of FDR regulations in 1947 that the effects of FDR’s great depresion subsided……
            and now we face Obaam’s Great depression…..which will be deeper and longer than FDR’s by 2 decades.

          • Onslaught1066

            longer than FDR’s

            That’s just a stereotypical urban legend.

        • Jean

          I think a lot of people were just jealous of Berg and his money. Well, Heidi is worth 10 -20 million so she sure as heck isn’t poor. By the way Mike, has a poor person ever hired you? We need wealthy people to start businesses and hire people so they can earn a living. And, talk about smear campaign, Heidi was just awful at saying things about Berg that were NOT true.

      • borborygmi

        Why would I crow about it. It would have nothing to do with Rick Berg. At least you admit your motive is to “crow about it” . Like I said you must have been stung quite badly the way ;you are carrying on .

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Of course you would cross about it you enormous hypocrite. Remember Goldmark?

          Ha. You make me laugh.

    • Mike Quinn

      Rob, Rush, Hannity, and Fox learned absolutely nothing from this election. Their lying and distortion failed. In the blind fog of right wing thinking they are right back at it. The American people resoundingly said they want the rich to be taxed. The deniers act like nothing happened. The Republican obsession with greed has driven them into their own world. They are paving their way to oblivion.

      • two_amber_lamps

        LOL… wack-job-escapee from the Jamestown looney bin… FOX, Hannity, and Rush had nothing to do with putting Hag-camp as commander in chief of the ND goodies trough. The 50% (ie single issue and low information voters like yourself) who put these fools in place are nothing more than MARXIST THIEVES.

        http://thepeoplescube.com/red/gallery/supercommissar-maksim-a34/covet-i2654.jpg

        Mike Quinn aka LIME KRUSHEDNUTZ… you and your ilk covet, nothing more, nothing less.

        • ellinas1

          The velocity of light in a vacuum has a maximum velocity. Is there such a thing as a maximum temperature?

          • two_amber_lamps

            What’s the sound of one hand clapping? How many 10 year old boys has ellinasty the greekling pederast molested?

            The world shall never know….

          • Onslaught1066

            THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Dozens of Greek anti-austerity protesters
            forced their way into an exhibition site where Greek and German
            government officials were holding a conference, with some demonstrators
            almost breaking into the meeting before being repelled by riot police.

            greece, so-called cradle of civilization… more like cradle robbing pederasts.

          • two_amber_lamps

            I guess our resident founding member of the Greekling Golden Shower Party NAMBLA Chapter has nothing more to add to the conversation…..

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof
  • two_amber_lamps

    Wow can ND “common sense” values pick a winner or what… the stench coming off that leftist in “independent clothing” (bwhahahahahahahahahahaaaa!) was so transparent as to be laughable, but they bit off a big ol’ chunk of let’s replace a leftist wacko with another class of bolshevik.

    All I can say is when fracking is curtailed at the beheadst of Comrade Bamster with the complicit approval of Heddy Hag-camp, ND’ans shall have no one to blame but the percentage of imbeciles who put that bulldog-in-sheep’s-clothing in office.

    Nice move statists.

    • Mike Quinn

      So proud of your remarks you hide kitty?

      • two_amber_lamps

        I’m sorry Lime/Phil/Wilbert/Albert/etc./ad nauseum…. were you speaking or merely reinforcing your blatant hypocrisy?

    • ellinas1

      What is the scope and status of general relativity in one space and a time dimension?

      • two_amber_lamps

        Lol… you attempting to wax profound pederast? Much like Greece, you fail miserably.

        • ellinas1

          In testing your limited intelligence, I have discovered It is more limited than I had thought.

  • Truther

    Let’s get it right…Local 120 is based in Blaine MN and Heidi’s election night victory party was in a Bismark hotel.

  • Mike Quinn

    At this very moment Rob Port is searching for a story that will try to put liberals, Democrats and honest Americans in a bad light. Rob will find a news item to twist. If some Democrat is within ten feet of a dead cat Rob will report ” Democrats support killing pets”. Stay tuned for today’s besmirching.

    • Carl

      The search won’t take long. He can start with, thanks to the re-election of the Muslim Marxist 439,000 lost their jobs last week.
      As far as killing pets, obama will be more than willing to eat your dog.
      You moron.

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