David Thompson March Convention
David Clark Thompson speaks on corruption in the North Dakota Industrial Commission and Wayne Stenehjem's Suppression of North Dakotans' Right to Vote.
YouTube, March 2018
‘Out of this darkness, the resistance was born’
Another voice of discontent came from attorney David C. Thompson, nominated by the Dem-NPL to run against incumbent Wayne Stenehjem for North Dakota Attorney General, the most powerful legal office in the state. Thompson is a long-term attorney with a Fargo and Grand Forks law firm.
He’s running against Stenehjem because he believes that Stenehjem, along with Congressman Kevin Cramer, and former Governor Jack Dalrymple, are guilty of Class C felony bribery stemming in part from a 2011 underhanded deal with Continental Resources oil magnate Harold Hamm.
“North Dakota lost revenue because of this,” Thompson said. “Oil and gas money leveraged that, Wayne Stenehjem knew, he was the legal adviser. We accused Governor Dalrymple of a Class C felony, and I do the same today in respecting Wayne Stenehjem. People say, 'What's the difference?' In this state, over the course of the last several years, we have had a level of corruption by oil and gas money that's unprecedented.
“If elected, not only will I not tolerate these practices, I will prosecute them,” Thompson said.
After his speech, he stepped down after a loud round of applause. He handed over a copy of the report he co-wrote with Erik A. Escarraman, which HPR will be looking into further.
“I’ve painted a target on my back, but that’s okay,” Thompson said.
by C.S. Hagen, March 16th, 2018
North Dakota Democrats Tap Candidates for Top Offices
David Thompson, a trial lawyer from Grand Forks, was unopposed for the Democratic endorsement for the state's top law enforcement officer, a position Republican Wayne Stenehjem has held since 2000. Stenehjem is seeking a sixth term.
Thompson accused Stenehjem of being too friendly in regulating the state's energy industry. He vowed to review the industry's campaign contributions to the Industrial Commission.
By James MacPherson, Associated Press, March 16th, 2018
ND Industrial Commission falls 8 months behind on meeting minutes
The North Dakota Industrial Commission is eight months behind in publishing meeting minutes, and it’s not the first time for such a delay.
The Industrial Commission consists of Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
Amy Dalrymple, Bismarck Tribune, Apr 22nd, 2018
‘The wind at our back’
Incumbent Attorney General Wayne K. Stenehjem, now the longest serving attorney general in North Dakota’s history, was endorsed to run a sixth term against challenger David Thompson, an attorney, who believes that Stenehjem, Cramer, and others are guilty of Class C felony bribery stemming in part from a 2011 underhanded deal with Continental Resources oil magnate Harold Hamm.
“The Attorney General’s office is the people’s law firm and North Dakotans are the clients,” Thompson, the Democratic-NPL candidate for Attorney General, said. “North Dakotans deserve better than wondering where Wayne is when they need him to defend their voting rights and elections as well as their interests on the Industrial Commission. North Dakotans deserve an Attorney General who will always fight for them and not a 16-year incumbent who is nowhere to be seen when North Dakotans need him the most.”
by C.S. Hagen, April 7th, 2018
ND Attorney General candidate David Thompson on healthcare lawsuit: "People are going to die"
David Thompson, the Dem-NPL endorsed candidate for North Dakota Attorney General, is calling out the current officeholder, Wayne Stenehjem, for trying to add the state of North Dakota to a bad healthcare lawsuit that would strip away pre-existing conditions protections for 300,000 North Dakotans.
by Cally Musland, KFGO, June 18th, 2018
Inside a lavish retreat where lobbyists donate for access to state attorneys general
State attorneys general, who are the top law enforcement officials in each state, have the final say on which cases to pursue or not. That power has not gone unnoticed by lobbyists. Rubbing shoulders with a state attorney general doesn't come cheap. To get an invite to a four-day retreat, lobbyists had to fork over $125,000. When we asked nine attorneys general we saw there if they attended, only three (Idaho, South Carolina and North Dakota) would confirm they went.
by Laura Strickler and Nancy Cordes, CBS This Morning, June 19th, 2018
Stenehjem defends retreat trip paid for by political fundraiser
A recent CBS News investigation of lavish retreats where businesses and trade groups pay to talk with state attorneys general revealed North Dakota’s top law enforcer recently attended one. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was at the retreat put on by the Republican Attorneys General Association, or RAGA, on Kiawah Island, S.C., in April. Thompson’s campaign put out a news release stating this was not a work trip for Stenehjem, but a vacation paid for by corporate lobbyists.
by Robin Huebner, Bismarck Tribune, June 20th, 2018
FEC Complaint filed against Cramer
Once again, corruption charges were filed against current Congressman Kevin Cramer, who is running for the U.S. Senate. The complaint outlined three points: Cramer is giving himself a stipend to live and eat from campaign funds, he’s reimbursing himself for travel expenses from campaign contributions, and he has missed deadlines for reimbursements, but paid himself back anyway.
“You’re not allowed to use campaign funds for personal use,” Thompson said during a press conference.
by C.S. Hagen, June 26th, 2018
ND Attorney General candidate David Thompson on official complaint against Congressman Kevin Cramer
Thompson has now filed an official complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Congressman Cramer, who is running against Heidi Heitkamp for her seat in the U.S. Senate. In the complaint, Thompson names what he believes to be multiple violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. From allegedly using campaign funds to reimburse personal expenses and misreporting of such expenditures, Thompson says the complaint was a long time coming.
by Cally Musland, KFGO, June 26th, 2018
PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT
Office of the State Auditor – Performance Audit – Trust Assets and Department Resources – Report Highlights
March 18th, 2016.
Free meals, drinks questioned on audit of North Dakota state employees
Still bruised from two critical audits in February, the state Department of Trust Lands took another clubbing Tuesday in a broader performance audit that found employees crossed ethical lines by accepting free meals and drinks from investment firms managing state assets.
by Mike Nowatzki, April 19th, 2016.
State audit critical of North Dakota’s Land Department
An audit of North Dakota’s Land Department has found scores of discrepancies with the agency’s practices, including ethical violations that included employees getting free meals and booze from contractors who manage state assets.
by James MacPherson, Associated Press, April 20th, 2016.
Heated words exchanged over Trust Lands audits
Unflattering audits of North Dakota’s Department of Trust Lands sparked heated words Thursday from state Land Commissioner Lance Gaebe,the lead auditor and a member of the legislative committee that ordered the audits, who told Gaebe, “I don’t accept the excuses.”
by Mike Nowatzki, April 21st, 2016.
Performance audit draws rebuke from lawmaker
The state land commissioner defended the work of the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands during a legislative committee review of a performance audit that highlighted a series of errors in accounting practices and noncompliance with the department’s code of ethics.
by Nick Smith, Bismarck Tribune, April 22nd, 2016.
Where Oil and Politics Mix
After an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker-train explosion, anxiety began to ripple across the North Dakota prairie.
By Deborah Sontag, New York Times, November 23rd, 2014
Political Campaign Money From "Big Oil," Governor Jack Dalrymple, and North Dakota's Class C Felony Bribery Statute
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple's campaign has received $71,000 in donations from four of the working-interest companies, clustered at the time of the December and July decision periods.
By David C. Thompson and Erik A. Escarramán, 2012