(BISMARCK, ND) – Kevin Cramer is getting desperate. After his record of disrespecting veterans was put in the spotlight, Cramer went into damage control mode – and apparently the best he could come up with was using a California stock photo of a veteran in a paid social ad.
See Cramer’s ad and the stock photo on Getty Images side-by-side:
This isn’t the first time Cramer has used stock photos or North Dakotans’ images without permission in his campaign ads.
- In April, Cramer used photos of North Dakotans in prominent campaign material without their permission and was admonished for doing so.
- During his 2014 campaign, Cramer was criticized for using footage of a VA cemetery in an ad without seeking permission from the VA or the fallen service members’ families. Cramer refused to take the ad off YouTube, and actually doubled down – encouraging folks to watch the ad on that platform despite the criticism – and drawing condemnation from veterans across North Dakota.
“It’s unfortunate that Cramer had to resort to a stock photo to demonstrate his support from veterans – but it’s no surprise given his disrespectful comments about their service and his reluctance to adequately fund their pay,” said Courtney Rice, Press Secretary for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. “