Why Is Heidi Heitkamp Hiding Her Campaign Finances?
Kevin Cramer and Rick Berg, the Republicans running for federal office in North Dakota, have released their full FEC reports to the media in North Dakota. Democrat Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp, though, has made only totals from her report available and is refusing to release the full report:
Berg and Cramer provided copies of the FEC documents they filed to The Forum. Those documents showed Berg spending about $2.3 million in the quarter and sitting on $1.5 million in cash on hand.
Heitkamp’s campaign declined to release its own filings, which will be published on the FEC’s website later this week. The campaign gave its fundraising total for the quarter, but did not provide further detail on expenditures or cash on hand.
Heitkamp has gotten a lot of criticism over who she is taking money from. Through the last reporting period, her biggest source of political contributions was the law firm of a man she gave a lucrative legal appointment to back when she was AG (something for which he still makes millions of dollars per year). Heitkamp’s #2 source of political contributions is an activist law firm that has filed lawsuits to stop hydraulic fracturing.
Heitkamp’s campaign tied Berg in fundraising for the last quarter, and while her campaign has been quick to trumpet that fact, they clearly want to give the media as little time as possible to figure out just where all that money came from.Tags: election 2012, Heidi Heitkamp, Kevin Cramer, North Dakota News, Rick Berg