BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Republican Party will pay an $8,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission for failing to disclose campaign expenditures in the 2016 cycle, putting the party’s current campaign expenditures into question. The agreement was posted by a Business Insider reporter Friday afternoon on Twitter.
The news comes as Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Sen. Kevin Cramer, and Sen. John Hoeven, are drawing questions for using their official power to secure $1.7 billion in federal contracts for Fisher Industries. The North Dakota-based company came under fire from the president for building a privately funded border wall that is already eroding. Armstrong and Cramer both received significant campaign contributions from Fisher, a company with a history of shady business dealings.
The Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen said:
“The FEC fines alone demand serious scrutiny into ongoing NDGOP finances. But three of the state’s top Republicans are also entangled in a pay-to-play scandal that is about to take the American taxpayers for $1.7 billion. NDGOP and its leaders are showing an alarming pattern of corruption by misusing public and private funds. The swamp is getting worse.”