Crossroads GPS Calls on Heidi Heitkamp to Come Clean About Pay-to-Play Past

Heitkamp Refuses to Answer Why an East Coast Law Firm is Biggest Contributor

WASHINGTON –  Crossroads GPS today called on Heitkamp to come clean about her pay-to-play past and explain to North Dakotans why an East Coast law firm that she helped get rich is now her largest campaign contributor.  Despite a hastily called press conference yesterday in which she attempted to defend her pay-to-play record, Heitkamp refused to provide answers about her financially rewarding relationship with East Coast law firm Motley Rice.

As North Dakota’s Attorney General, Heidi Heitkamp chose an East Coast lawyer to manage North Dakota’s tobacco company lawsuit.  That lawyer and his firm, Motley Rice, received millions in fees from their work with Heitkamp on the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.  According to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, lawyers at Motley Rice are Heitkamp’s largest campaign contributors.

“Heidi Heitkamp should immediately explain to the people of North Dakota why she has raked in thousands of dollars in campaign cash from an East Coast law firm she helped get rich,”  said Nate Hodson, Crossroads GPS Director of State and Regional Media Relations.  “It’s time for Heidi to answer questions about her lucrative relationship with this East Coast firm.” 

On Thursday, Crossroads GPS released a new ad in North Dakota detailing Heitkamp’s record as a pay-to-play politician.  The spot, entitled “Forgot,” can be viewed here: