#TBT from NDxPlains: Cramer has family on campaign payroll, refuses to pay interns
Former Heitkamp intern: “You don’t have to be ‘well-to-do’ to work for her. That’s just who she is and it’s reflected in how she runs her office.”
(BISMARCK, ND) – There’s a new push to get Members of Congress to pay their interns,and a report from Pay Our Interns details those who do – Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven are on the list. Notably absent is Kevin Cramer, whose fondness for nepotism has led him to have family members on campaign payroll – and reimburse himself about $200,000.
Reports show that a typical internship can cost students up to $6,000, but apparently Cramer can’t stomach paying the North Dakotans who intern for him on Capitol Hill.
“It’s shameful that Kevin Cramer refuses to pay the North Dakotans who intern in his office, but still finds hundreds of thousands in campaign cash to line his own pockets,” said Scott McNeil, executive director of the North Dakota Dem-NPL. “Republican or Democrat, North Dakota’s Members of Congress have had a proud tradition of paying their interns the wages they’ve earned – Kevin Cramer should get on board because it’s the right thing to do.”