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Commentary: After attacking Cramer as 'scam artist,' turns out Sen. Heitkamp has also paid her family with campaign cash

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is cheered on by delegates at her nomination for the Senate at the North Dakota Democratic convention. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

For months now North Dakota Democrats have been viciously attacking Congressman Kevin Cramer, challenger to incumbent Senate Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, for what they alleged is misuse of campaign funds.

The Democrats say Cramer has “pocketed” nearly $200,000 since 2013 (the campaign reimbursed the candidate for out-of-pocket expenses) and paid family members more than $140,000 (the bulk of that is Cramer’s wife’s employment as his campaign manager, the rest to family members for things like catering and video production).

“Kevin Cramer rails against the swamp, but he’s exactly the type of Washington politician who keeps it alive,” Scott McNeil, executive director of the North Dakota Democratic Party, said in a press release earlier this month which also ripped NDGOP state convention keynote speaker Ryan Zinke. “North Dakota deserves better than scam artists like Kevin Cramer and Ryan Zinke who swindle their campaign donors just to get ahead and make themselves even richer.”

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