The lawfirm of Weitz & Luxenberg, based in the state of New York, is taking on hydraulic fracturing. They’re advertising on their website for clients, and holding summits opposing the energy production technique (and, of course, recruiting more clients).
Fracking, of course, is kind of important to North Dakota’s economy. Without fracking, the Bakken oil boom goes away and with it all the jobs and economic activity and surging government revenues. Without fracking, North Dakota would be up a creek without a paddle.
So it’s interesting that liberal Democrat Heidi Heitkamp’s Senate campaign has taken big bucks from the anti-fracking lawyers at Weitz & Luxenberg. According Heitkamp’s latest FEC report, she’s accepted a total of $22,400 in contributions from lawyers at Weitz & Luxenberg (see spreadsheet below).
Not so long ago Heidi Heitkamp told a group of energy leaders that she was against “regulation through litigation.” Yet, that’s the sort of thing the lawyers at Weitz & Luxenberg.
Heitkamp’s base of support doesn’t quite match up with her words. She voices opposition to the anti-energy policies of Barack Obama and Harry Reid, yet with her actions she supports them. She voices opposition to trial lawyer assaults on energy, yet those very trial lawyers are a key segment of her base of support.