Whoops: Heitkamp Campaign Criticizes Berg Over Business He Has Nothing To Do With

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In a move which might suggest that liberal Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp isn’t as confident in her campaign against Republican Rick Berg as some of the media spin might suggest, her campaign has launched this rather nasty attack on Berg’s business record.

“Rick is a multi–millionaire landlord,” the ad states. “His company, Goldmark Property Management has been sued with over 100 complaints of withholding security deposits.”

The problem? Well, Berg doesn’t actually have anything to do with Goldmark Property Management. Berg helped found, and works for, a completely separate company called Goldmark Schlossman Commercial Real Estate.

Here’s the ad:

Here’s the CFO for Goldmark Property Management expressing some frustration about the mix-up:

Goldmark Property Management CFO, Kurt Bollman says, “Rick Berg has had no ownership in, or employment in Goldmark Property Management .”

Bollman says Berg is involved with another separate company called Goldmark Schlossman Commercial Real Estate.

“For Goldmark Property Management, it’s frustrating. We’re having to be put in the public eye for things normally we would not have to defend.”

Again, it’s surprising that the Heitkamp campaign would run such a negative ad to begin with. The narrative they’ve been (quite successfully) pushing to the media is one of confidence. But this is not the sort of ad a confident campaign runs.

And the fact that they flubbed it, big time, is awful for them.

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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  • PhilGay

    Joel Heitkamp has slandered Rick stating the same lies. After Rick is elected Senator will he sue Joel & KFGO for slander?

    • philgray

      NOT sure….but I know liar and misrepresentor, I know your true name and address and I will not sue for slander or impersonation….
      I will have my PERSONAL REVENGE for besmeerching me…
      ROB the GADFLY will not be able to save what you have started….
      You think a guy like me cannot figure out your computer IP….
      I will find your ass and being ROB-GADFLY will do nothing about it. I will have to take upon myself jerk…
      I will see you soon enough jerk….had enough of people like you hiding behind a name, thinking people will not find you…..I DID>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • badlands4

        Is making what seems to be a veiled promise of violence any better than someone impersonating you on a blog?

        And, no, there is NO WAY I would ever post my name on this blog(or any other). Crazies abound……………..

  • RabbitTurd

    Heidi Heitkamp truly is a disgusting individual.

  • Roy_Bean

    Not only does Rick work for a company with Goldmark in the name, they have apartments on Koch Avenue in Bismarck. That must be named after those awful oil people who are going to wreck the environment and not pay any taxes.

  • philgray

    Heifer Heidi and her band of crony liars, including jackass Joel realize what some of us know from working at a political survey firm for 3 years while finishing my teaching degree at NDSU…
    Berg is probably up 10-12 points and they are going to do whatever they can….
    It is funny to watch, and feels good….Seen the socialists Heitkamps at work for over 30 years,
    Even if you put mink coat on a sow like Heidi, it is still a pig, smells like it, looks like it, talks like it, and craps like one….

  • PhilGay

    Is Heidi an angry mean nasty woman because she has “Man Hands” ?

    • philgray

      No….not really,, she has more honor then a liar, who ROB-GADFLY allow to post under alies blog names to besmeerch someone who does not shy away from anything I post, because I use my real name….
      Some hide, like cockroaches, enabled by GADFLY-ROB to hide their motives…
      Cannot wait to see ROB AGAIN>>>>

  • PhilGay

    Heidi has a better chance of winning Miss America than she does winning the Senate seat.

    • philgray

      Liar misrepresenting the true person in true name….
      Not the liar impersonating me….
      You may not have the guts to post your real name, but I do…
      Some of us know who you are,
      ROB-GADFLY allows people to post aliases posting attacking people….
      I will tell you this ROB….and the liar posting as me….
      ROB>>>>>>>>>>I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN>>>>>>You think this is over
      WAIT TILL I SEE YOU AGAIN GADFLY

  • Bobby

    Rob,

    Affiliated companies, you stooge.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      UAffiliated…meaning what?

      Berg has no financial stake in Goldmark Property Management, and no say in how the company is managed.

      What part of that dont uou understand?

      • Bobby

        Come on Rob, just go the sos website. Do you know how large real estate concerns work? Developer and leasing folks, like berg’s group, run the show and kick liability and management down to a controlled group in everything but paper, in the law biz we call it legal fiction. I like a good deal of your work, but you shouldn’t be knee jerk about things, and you shouldn’t support hypocrites. I know you have bills to pay, and your idealogy, but come on! Get an editor and a fact checker, pronto. Hope all is well!

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          A) You’re not in the law business

          B) just because you invent how you think these companies are managed doesn’t mean that’s actually how it works.

      • Bobby

        And don’t moderate me, it’s creapy.

      • Bobby

        I mean you make a living off of your heart felt idealogy, pushed through the lense of political theatre. So, we act! I take issue with smoke screens in politics and frankly folks like berg and m2 operate that way. Sorry to make you the foil, but hey, that’s your gig.
        Sent from my Motorola ATRIX™ 4G on AT&T

        —–Original message—–

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I’m laughing at you saying you don’t like smoke and mirrors in politics as you come here and post inaccurate things about Berg, etc.

          • Bobby

            Ho ho ho! Stop emailing me bro, I was at a meeting! The problem with this article is that you act like there is some sort of lie being spread, so you counter with an argument that doesn’t carry the day. I explained to you how affiliated real estate companies work, and directed you to information that indicates the interrelatedness of the goldmark group. I haven’t invented the structure I described to you, I know that such a structure is in fact common place. You are a former PI, so you should know what I a. used to do (hint, law biz) and b. do now. Just review information before you shoot off a post, you’re readership will grow! Have a good one!

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            You made up a story about how you think these companies operate, and then you showed a Secretary of State document which shows both companies registered to the same address.

            None of which has anything to do with the fact that Rick Berg doesn’t control or manage, nor is he even employed by, Goldmark Property Management.

            This is why I have a lot of readership. Because I don’t just make things up.

          • Bobby

            Not just registered agent, all companies are physically located in the same building. I have no issue with berg or goldmark, I explained how affiliated companies frequently operate. We will disagree, I guess.

      • Bobby

        Come on now rob, https://apps.nd.gov/sc/busnsrch/busnSearch.htm just google goldmark. Stop moderating, I mean you let the posse post all kinds of hatr speech, and I can’t post a link to the nd secretary of state which calls your position in to question?

      • Bobby

        Rob, please post the parent that you moderated.

        • Bobby

          Thanks!

    • Bobby

      Really, check it out https://apps.nd.gov/sc/busnsrch/busnSearch.htm. Google goldmark, check the address. Same building dude. Sadly nd sos doesn.t provide easy access to past filings. You shouldn’t have dropped out of college, when you make shit up, you get caught. When you try to catch someone, you show how piss poor your journalism is. I busted your constitution party, election law breaking friends in the same way; I exposed you as a hypocrite and moron following your kindergarten level work. Keep it up, and your friends will keep paying the legal bills for the good people you keep harrassing. They have you to thank!

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        That doesn’t mean anything. Berg is not part of that business. He doesnt make any decisions for them so can’t be held responsible for them.

        Honestly, this smacks of desperation.

        • Bobby

          Come on dude, really? I don’t see the desperation here, but ok. Ok, let’s say I own 1 bn of real estate, and I have some say in how that property is used. I, or a guy that I make decisions with at re company, know we have to put the assets to work, but we are busy up top and don’t want the liability, so we set up a management company! How novel! We may or may not have a guy on that board, but we don’t want cross ownership. So, we have a group, pm, who serves to exploit the asset at our pleasure. Common structure, shields assests, liability, etc., designed to push profit up to parent, right? This is how a good property group runs. Anyway, great to see you posting this shit between you and me, shows integrity.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I guess we can just make up fairy tales, or we could recognize the facts. Berg doesnt have any say in that company.

  • philgray

    Heidi Heitkamp has more credibility then ROB
    He allows a alias to insult my name, I email ROB asking him to stop….yet he allows it
    ROB
    How long do you honestly think a hospitalized PTSD disabled VET is going to allow this bigotry to go on?
    REALLY?
    Go ahead ROB and allow the gay comments to my name….see how long I can tolerate it with my counseling at the VA….
    Tell you what guys. Lets set a lottery to what day I have had enough……
    If Rob had any honor he would post this guys name ( WHICH I HAVE) and leave it at that…
    I have the honor of posting my own name, not scared of anyone for what I say.
    ROB…..you will see this is not going to end up good for anyone period….
    I asked you in a personal email to stop it….YOU MOCKED ME
    Glad your ass was never in war, sit there and makes choices like this….
    See you soon

    • leh

      Sounds like one of those anti-Viet Nam vets, who happen to have been a supply clerk in Germany. Please don’t think I look down at supply clerks as they are very important to the military but are far from a combat situation. Quit whimpering!

  • PhilGay

    Does Heidi has a chance this fall?

    • philgray

      with liar and cheats out there like you yes….

  • philgray

    I wonder when these blogsites like ROB_GADFLY will start postings with real names…
    ROB_GADFLY allows people to slur REAL people’s name,
    he calls us a non-entity..
    Funny ROB…IF i can do my part to get the word out about your site and less people pay money to post, maybe I can make a difference and become a entity, in your words…
    If you think some lunatic like me is going away?
    REALLY
    lunatic….hey ROB_GADFLY go make out with 65 years old person in public for an hour and see if someone doesnt notice?
    REAL NAMES>>>>REAL POSTS
    The truth is coming ROB…..

  • Harold

    Heidi needs to take her meds and get some sleep.

  • Guest

    Isn’t this too much like the Research and Technology Park (RTP) saying it has nothing to do with NDSU, even though the President of NDSU is legally required to be the Chairman of the RTP.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      No, not really, because Berg isn’t the chairman or anything else of Gold mark Property Management.

  • philg

    The question I would be asking at this point is: Has
    Rick Berg ever been involved with purchasing apartments which became managed by Goldmark Property Management? This idea that they are completely separate companies
    is like saying an oilfield service company with casings, completions, equipment/supply
    is 3 separate companies and that notion is laughable. If there is an accident/incident at any of
    those “divisions” that goes straight to the top for accountability, well above
    the division heads. Fact: Rick Berg is a
    VP with Goldmark that has a corporate real estate division and property management
    division. Keeping with the oilfield theme:
    ask BP how that worked out for them when they attempted to pass the blame on to
    its contractors. You know, I am willing
    to bet that back in the 80’s Rick got wind of some “hot” properties that were
    in financial disarray, he purchased them for a low price (real estate) and
    created the property management side to run those facilities (recurring
    revenue). Great business model, so Rick
    Berg quit treating the property management division like a red headed step
    child just because it is an election year.
    Romney is doing the same thing with Bain, and Rick Berg is becoming the
    same type of chicken shit CXO businessman.
    Be proud of who are, advertise how you made your money, and inspire some
    young college kid to do the same.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Even if Berg did purchase properties ultimately managed by Goldmark Property Management, that does not make Berg responsible for how those properties are managed.

  • No to Rick Berg

    People look up Goldmark Schlossman Commercial Real Estate it is part of Goldmark there own website even has it listed. Rick Berg co founded Goldmark. It is simple for him to involve his involvement. It is symantics on Bergs part. I am more tired of his lying about his record. And yes I am a staunch republican

    http://www.goldmark.com/about/

    • Bobby

      I posted this yesterday, the actual text, but rob pulled the post. Free discourse my left eye!

  • philg

    Rick Berg created the business model back in the 1980’s with Midwest to buy up a number of delapitated faciliites. Rent out at a premium and maximze profit with low upkeep/maintenance. Traditionally it has worked very well in Fargo simply because of the high number of college students and large percentage of renters vs. home owners. Kudos to Berg for making this work so effectively and understanding the market potential. But make no mistake, Goldmark Property Managment today is the vision of what Rick Berg and his partners created back in the 1980’s and early 90’s.

    • WOOF

      Rick Berg created the slum lord business model ? Probably not.

      • philg

        Touché

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