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Crossroads GPS Launches New Ad in North Dakota Pointing to Heidi Heitkamp’s Record as a Pay-to-Play Politician

Statewide buy totals $162,000; Ad will run for one week

WASHINGTON –Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) today announced the launch of a new TV ad in North Dakota about Heidi Heitkamp’s record as a pay-to-play politician.

The new ad, supported by a $162,000 total buy, starts today and will run for one week on broadcast and cable networks in North Dakota.  Entitled “Forgot,” the spot can be viewed here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN_gYp42RQU. 

“Heidi Heitkamp helps an out-of-state trial lawyer make millions and then reaps the benefits with tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash,” said Nate Hodson, Crossroads GPS Director of State and Regional Media Relations.  “Heidi should know that pay-to-play is not the North Dakota way.” 

In 2000, Heidi Heitkamp hired Jack McConnell, a Rhode Island trial lawyer, to be a Special Assistant Attorney General for North Dakota.  Because of his work with Heitkamp on the tobacco settlement, McConnell has made between $2-3 million each year following the 1999 agreement.  Since he was hired by Heitkamp, McConnell and his law firm have contributed more than $70,000 to Heitkamp’s campaigns, making the firm the largest contributor to her U.S. Senate campaign.