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Published August 13, 2012, 10:07 PM

PSC candidate believes congress seat hopeful using illegal contributions

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A candidate for the North Dakota Public Service Commission believes Brian Kalk and Kevin Cramer are conducting illegal activity by accepting campaign contributions from interests regulated by the Commission.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A candidate for the North Dakota Public Service Commission believes Brian Kalk and Kevin Cramer are conducting illegal activity by accepting campaign contributions from interests regulated by the Commission.

Brad Crabtree says Cramer and Kalk have taken at least $84,000 in political money from those they directly regulate on the PSC, since 2004.

He says they could be in direct violation of the state's bribery law, a felony.

Crabtree also said both men are using taxpayer dollars to defend themselves against a lawsuit that accuses them of accepting campaign contributions from coal companies.

Brad Crabtree, Running for ND PSC: “Regulators should not take checks from companies and executives with a financial interest in the cases that come before them, regardless of the industry affected.”

Republican Kevin Cramer is seeking North Dakota's lone congressional seat in this November's general election.

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