Crooked Kevin Cramer Said No to President Trump and North Dakotans, Yes to Out-of-State Billionaire Harold Hamm
(BISMARCK, ND) — Once again, Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-Harold Hamm) is showing where his loyalties lie – and it’s not with North Dakotans. Cramer once again doubled down on his loyalties to an out-of-state billionaire, with E&E reporting that he didn’t get into the Senate campaign after urging from North Dakotans or President Trump – it was because of out-of-state billionaire Harold Hamm who pledged to be his national finance chair and rake in the big bucks.
We’ve got to wonder – is Cramer going to use Hamm’s cash for his campaign, or to line his own pockets? After all, he does have a history of using his campaigns as a get-rich-quick scheme and has an open FEC complaint against him.
Highlights from E&E below:
E&E: The energy executive behind Kevin Cramer’s run
Billionaire energy executive Harold Hamm’s fingerprints — and money — are all over North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer’s quest for the Senate.
Influential and willing to leverage his $18 billion wealth, Hamm has backed Cramer’s political career for years. To hear the congressman tell it, it was Hamm, founder and CEO of Continental Resources Inc. and a fracking industry pioneer, who drove him into the Senate race.
For months, the congressman said no. He initially rejected pressure from national Republicans, including President Trump, who were desperate for a solid candidate to take on Heitkamp. It took Hamm’s nudging and pledge of support.
“When Harold talked to my wife, Kris, and he said, ‘Kris, if Kevin does this, if you guys get into this, I will be his national finance chairman.’ That was pretty compelling,” Cramer said.
Campaign finance documents show Hamm dollars flowing to a number of groups backing Cramer, including $50,000 to the Cramer Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee. These outfits share fundraising costs and divide contributions, allowing donors to write one large check.