BISMARCK, ND — Sen. Kevin Cramer received major contributions from Fisher Industries, the construction company recently under fire from President Trump after building a privately funded stretch of the southern border wall that is already showing signs of erosion. Cramer lobbied in Washington on behalf of Fisher, leading to more than $1.7 billion in government contracts for border wall construction, including $400,000 that is under review by the Defense Department Inspector General.
Yesterday, Rep. Kelly Armstrong refused publicly to return campaign contributions from Fisher.
The Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen said:
“Sen. Cramer used his office to lobby for one of his favored donors who had already shown a history of shady business practices and questionable character. Now, $1.7 billion in taxpayer money is going to the same company that has also proven it can’t or won’t do the job it’s hired to do. Cramer’s pay-to-play politics is not only corrupt, but wasteful, and he owes the public and the president answers.”
Fisher Industries, or Fisher Sand & Gravel, Co., is a Dickinson, ND-based company with a long history of “criminal tax evasion, pollution citations, environmental fines, and one previous CEO with child pornography.” C.S. Hagen, High Plains Reader, 1/31/2018
Fisher and family members donated at least $24,000 to Cramer’s 2018 campaign. The company and its employees are also major contributors to Armstrong’s re-election campaign.