Bismarck – The Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF), a 501(c)(4) arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), was a key coalition partner in organizing the “Stop the Steal’ rally on January 6. The rally, turned riot, left an indelible stain as one of the darkest days in the history of American democracy. The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) released a statement condemning the actions of RLDF and RAGA.
This finding comes a month after the Supreme Court rejected a Texas-based lawsuit that sought to overthrow free and fair elections; a lawsuit Attorney General Stenehjem signed on to, and the ND federal delegation and Gov. Burgum supported. Despite attempts by RAGA to distance itself from the riots, they have been clearly and consistently casting doubt on electoral integrity and on our democratic institutions for weeks.
The Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen said:
“Attorney General Stenehjem continues to stain his title as the top attorney in North Dakota. Over the past month, it has become even more clear that we have an Attorney General who is fighting against free and fair elections, the rule of law, and democracy as a whole. Between joining an ill-fated and frivolous lawsuit, and now being a party to the supporters of last week’s heinous actions against our country, Stenehjem has not prioritized North Dakota’s interests. Even more distressing is his silence in the midst of the chaos he helped to forge. We call on him to renounce his ties with RAGA and the RLDF immediately and to stand up for North Dakota first.”